India, Jan. 12 -- Widespread damage, disruption reported from several parts of the UT; L-G declares heavy snowfall a state-specific natural calamity

A four-day-long spell of snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir - the heaviest since March 2005 - has cast a shadow on life in the Union territory. Reports of widespread damages have poured in from several parts, which also stand disconnected from the rest of the country.

The Jammu-Srinagar highway, the only viable road that connects Kashmir with the country, reopened after seven days on January 10. Operations at Srinagar airport were also suspended.

The unusually heavy snowfall has shone the spotlight on the climate crisis. Sonum Lotus, director, Jammu and Kashmir Meteorological Department, however ...