Srinagar-Leh highway closed after snowfall

Srinagar, May 28 (IANS) The Srinagar-Leh highway was closed Saturday following heavy rains and fresh snowfall in the Zojilla Pass area of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.

The 475-km long highway connects the cold desert Ladakh region with the rest of India, an official from the north Kashmir Ganderbal district told IANS.

According to reports reaching here, two inches of snow had accumulated on the ground in Sonamarg.

The Kashmir Valley has been receiving incessant rains for the past several hours, swelling most rivers and streams.

Authorities have sounded a general alert as the water level crossed the danger mark in most rivers and streams except for the Jhelum river.