After coming to the aid of a pregnant Kashmiri woman stuck in snowfall about a month ago, Indian Army personnel carried a woman, who was stuck at a hospital with her newborn child due to heavy snowfall, on a stretcher for almost 6 km to take her to her home in Kupwara, Jammu & Kashmir, reported news agency.
A group of Indian Army personnel in Karalpura in Kupwara received a distress call from a man whose wife had just gone into labour.
The man was crying for help since he had no means to get his wife to the nearest hospital owing to heavy snowfall in the area. The caller, Manzoor Ahmed Sheikh, from Village Pharkian, told the army personnel that he was unable to reach either the community health service vehicle or local transport.
The incident came to light today when fresh snowfall occurred at several places in Kashmir. Many parts of Kashmir, including Srinagar, received fresh snowfall, the third time this month, affecting air and road traffic.
The air traffic to and fro Kashmir was affected as no flight operations took place at the Srinagar airport this morning, vehicle movement on the 270-km Jammu-Srinagar national highway, including on both sides of the Jawahar Tunnel was suspended following fresh snowfall, leaving hundreds of vehicles stranded.
The incident had taken place in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district a few days ago. A woman named Farooq Khasana, a resident of Dardpora, had delivered a baby. However, even after being discharged, she was stuck at the hospital due to the heavy snowfall. The soldiers stepped up to the precarious situation and carried the mother and her newborn for 6 km on their shoulders in knee-deep snow.
Earlier, Kashmir had received heavy snowfall for over four days from 3 January and moderate snowfall on 9 January. The famous ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir received about 10 inches of snow, the officials said.
This was the second time in the recent past that soldiers of the Indian Army had provided help to a woman stuck due to bad weather in Jammu and Kashmir. At the start of the year too, a group of soldiers had carried a woman with pregnancy-related complications to the health centre amid the severe snowfall.