The Indian Air Force has gone ahead and airlifted as many as 538 people between the cities of Jammu and Srinagar.
The Defence Ministry sources said the those rescued included 319 GATE aspirants as well.
The IAF launched the special sorties of C17 Globemaster and came into assistance of locals and tourists who were stuck in the twin capitals due to the closure of Jammu-Srinagar national highway.
It need be recalled that it is the only all weather road linking Kashmir with the rest of the country owing to the recent heavy snowfall.
While 179 students were airlifted from Srinagar to Jammu, 180 civilians struck in Jammu were airlifted to Srinagar on Friday, it was informed by
the defence sources.
It was also said that civilians and stranded tourists were also very appreciative and thankful of the humanitarian activities of the armed forces along with guarding the frontiers at all times.