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While the timely snowfall in Kashmir brought cheers on the faces of people in general, it however, proved curse for some people who were caught off guard to this natures blessing. Our correspondent Mohammad Haris brings you two interesting and equally disturbing stories as how this natures white carpet rolled out for some people. 

 After the heavy snowfall, a bride-groom and the dozens of guests were trapped for several hours at Humdub Rohama in north Kashmir. The festive look at the wedding turned sober with guests and the bride-groom shivering with the cold. It was slippery, tough and treacherous five kilometers walk by foot amid the ongoing heavy snowfall that this marriage party took to reach the Shalkote village.

The marriage party was from Budgam district of central Kashmir and was supposed to reach Shalkote at 2:30 pm. However, they reached at 8 pm.

They reached to their destination after the bride’s neighbours relatives came out with the plows and shovels to clear the road from snow and made way for the groom and guests along with him.

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In Dazna Rafiabad of Baramulla district another pregnant woman suffering with labour pain was wrapped in a blanket and carried on hand stretch upto nine kilometers due to blockade of road by the snow.

Shaheena Begum Wife of Mohammad Sayed developed the labour pain during the night. After finding all the roads blocked due to heavy snowfall, her family members wrapped her in warm blanket and shouldered on a stretch until they crossed the heavily snowed areas and reached on main road. 

As her condition was worsening, Shaheena’s husband Muhammad Saddam initially took her to the nearby sub-centre in the village but the sub-center was closed besides the local Asha worker was not in village. “We had no option but to foot the distance to Hachipora  Dangiwacha. We left for hospital at around 5 am and walked until Hachapora footing 9 kilometer distance. After reaching there, we rang up Block Medical Officer (BMO) of Dangiwacha PHC, requesting for an ambulance. The BMO then sent an ambulance and we boarded it along with the patient and reached PHC Dangiwacha,” said Saddam.

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