SRINAGAR: The strategic Jammu-Srinagar highway remained closed for the third straight day on Thursday as heavy rains triggering landslides in Ramban district.

After a brief lull late Wednesday, moderate to heavy rains lashed the Jammu and Kashmir early on Thursday.

An official said that Dalwas portion of the national highway washed away by a mudslide, has also not been restored because of the incessant rains.

He said that the men and machines of the NHAI are on standby but heavy rains are hampering the restoration work.

“It is raining heavily in Ramban district making it very difficult for the NHAI to undertake restoration work,” said the official.

He said that over 2000 vehicles remain stranded at various places at Qazigund, Chenani, Udhampur and Nagrota.

Director Meteorological Department Kashmir Sonam Lotus said, “The present weather system is likely to continue for the next 24 hours. Light to moderate rain with isolated heavy rain is most likely at widespread places of J&K and light to moderate rain are most likely at scattered places of Ladakh region, especially in Zanskar, Drass, Minamarg -Zojila area. Significant improvement is expected from Friday’’.

He said there was a possibility of flash floods and landslides in vulnerable areas and asked people to remain cautious.


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