In pictures | Snowfall cuts off Kashmir as people forced indoors, again

Photograph by Umer Asif for The Kashmir Walla

A blanket of snow covered Kashmir on Tuesday morning as the valley received heavy snowfall for the third consecutive day. The major snowfall of the season left the entire Kashmir blanketed in the depths of a white sheet. It was not only snowing on the ground but on social media, after waking up to such a mesmerizing view, people began updating their social media with photographs of snowfall.

Where the snowfall makes the Valley beautiful but at the same time it is challenging for people to venture out for essential work and for the authorities to keep a check on basic necessities. The challenge is to deal with the power cuts, extreme cold, scarcity of water supply, the difficulty for patients to reach hospitals, and snow battered roads. The administration has not yet been able to clear snow from main roads while interior streets are fully jammed.

Following the snowfall, the Srinagar administration issued an urgent appeal to the general public to avoid using private vehicles and other non-essential transportation for the time being to facilitate unhindered snow-clearance operation. The divisional administration in Kashmir ordered rationing of fuel as a “precautionary measure” amid continuous snowfall.

Due to the heavy snowfall, exams were postponed, flights were canceled and highways were closed, which mostly kept people confined to their homes. Although, Kashmir remains cut-off from the rest of the world because of the bad weather conditions. But as people keep posting videos and images of snowfall online, it remains connected with the people across the globe.

Meteorological Department has predicted that the present weather conditions are likely to continue till the late night or early tomorrow and will improve thereafter.

Here are some of the scenes captured by our photographer Umar Asif from Srinagar city today:

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