Srinagar-Jammu Highway closed for traffic after fresh landslide



In Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the strategic Srinagar-Jammu Highway, linking Kashmir valley with the rest of the world, was closed for traffic, today, following a major landslide in Ramban district.

The 270-km highway was blocked by a landslide at Shalgari area in Ramban district, leaving more than 300 vehicles stranded. “Over 300 vehicles are stranded at different points of the highway,” an official said.

Workers have been deployed to clear the area, but incessant rain along the Ramban-Banihal sector was proving to be an impediment, the official said, adding people have been advised not to travel on the highway without confirmation from the traffic control units.

Meanwhile, a 19-year-old teenager, identified as Arshad, was killed after a massive boulder came crashing onto his house following a landslide in Thakuria area of Kishtwar district.

The victim’s house was extensively damaged by the landslide, but the rest of his family members were reportedly safe, officials added.—KMS