Heavy snowfall in Kashmir, Gulmarg turns white

A Kashmiri man removes snow from a hotel premise in Gulmarg, about 55 kilometers (34 miles) northwest of Srinagar, Kashmir. Authorities have issued avalanche warnings for many parts of the region, as the heavy snowfall has cut off roads, disrupted power and communication lines, and forced the evacuation of hundreds of residents.

Kashmir in the wraps of snow

A cold wave further tightened its grip in Jammu and Kashmir with most places in the state recording sub-zero temperatures. Due to the snowfall, the Kashmir region remained cut off from the rest of the country for the third consecutive day. Kashmir has been cut off from the rest of the country for the second day after heavy snowfall closing the 294km Jammu-Srinagar national highway, the only road link between Kashmir and rest of the country.