SRINAGAR: A labourer from Uttar Pradesh died after coming under a massive landslide in Ramban district along the Jammu-Srinagar highway on Thursday, officials said.

Quoting sources, GNS reported that a fresh landslide occurred near Seeri, Ramban and one labourer reportedly working with a private construction company came under the landslide and died while being shifted to hospital. They identified him as Desh pal Resident of Uttar Pradesh.

Meanwhile the Highway, the only surface link of Kashmir valley with the outside valley, remained closed after the fresh landslide, they said.

“Restoration work is in progress at Kishtwari Pather on Jammu-Srinagar NHW, it will take some time,” traffic police said, adding, “People are advised to avoid journey on NH-44 till the road is clear. Please ask TCU for latest update.”

Hundreds of vehicles, primarily trucks, became stranded at various points along the highway, which was closed on Monday. Efforts have been ongoing for the past three days to restore the road for traffic, which has been persistently obstructed by landslides at multiple locations. While traffic was partially restored on Wednesday afternoon to clear stranded vehicles, it was subsequently closed again. Authorities indicated that no fresh traffic could be allowed for three days.

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