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Landslides force closure of Highway connecting Kashmir valley

Posted on Feb 04, 03:17PM | UNI

Srinagar, Feb 4 : The 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu national highway, connecting the Kashmir valley with the rest of the country has been closed due to landslides, triggered by heavy rains and fresh snowfall.

A traffic police official said here today that the highway

has been closed due to fresh snowfall in Qazigund, Jawahar tunnel and Banihal areas.

The landslides in Ramban and Ramsu areas also forced the authorities to suspend the traffic as a precautionary measure.

The rains are still continuing there.

Dangers of more landslides cannot be ruled out, he said, adding that the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) responsible for the maintenance of the highway, linking the valley with the rest of the country, is putting through the road as soon as possible.

However, continued rains are hampering the operation. The BRO has put into service sophisticated machines and men on work.

The Met department has already issued a forecast for heavy to
very heavy rains and snowfall for two days from tomorrow in the
Pirpanjal range, including the highway.

Surface and air transport are also likely to get affected due to this Western Disturbances.