Srinagar-Leh highway closed for fifth consecutive day

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The Strategic 434-km Srinagar-Leh highway remained closed for the fifth consecutive day on Monday, due to heavy snowfall at Zojilla pass.

Snow cutters of Border Roads Organisation clearing snow from Srinagar Leh Highway on Monday, November 5, 2018. Kl Image by Bilal Bahadur

Traffic remained suspended on 434-km-long Srinagar-Leh highway for the fifth day today due to the accumulation of snow, an official said.

Fresh snowfall last week at Sonamarg, Zojila, Meenmarg and Drass, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, forced authorities to suspend traffic, he said.

He said that authorities launched a rescue operation to evacuate two truck drivers stranded near Zojila for last five days.

He added that BRO is working on snow clearance and also trying to reach the stranded truckers.

Meanwhile, the Mughal road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region was remained closed for the fifth day on Monday due to several feet snowfall and slippery road condition.

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