Srinagar-Jammu highway closed after heavy rains

Srinagar-Jammu highway closed after heavy rains

Sana Fazili/Mushtaq Ahmad
Srinagar: Heavy rains lashed Kashmir Valley on the second consecutive day on Sunday leading to closure of Jammu-Srinagar highway.
Mughal road was also closed for traffic after rains followed by intermittent snowfall triggered landslides and shooting stones at many places.
“Heavy rainfall has triggered shooting stones at Ramban and Ramsoo. The vehicular movement has been stopped,” a traffic official said.
He said the traffic on the highway would be restored after improvement in weather.
Officials said Srinagar-Leh road was also closed for traffic following bad weather.
Director meteorological centre, Sonum Lotus, had earlier issued a 4-day warning for heavy rains and snowfall in the region.
In north Kashmir, incessant rains apart from blocking the Srinagar-Muzaffarad road at Dankhan also led to closure of other routes leading to frontier Kupwara district.
Reports from the border town of Uri also said that landslides hit the road near Lagama and Bandi. However Border Roads Organisation responsible for maintenance of the road immediately cleared it for traffic.
Residents of Kupwara and Handwara said that roads leading to the mountainous areas were blocked due to the landslides. Kupwara-Keran road got blocked near Sadna top, after snowfall.
Similarly, the 14-kilometer long Baramulla-Hajibal road was also blocked on Saturday due to landslides leading to inconvenience to people.
The weatherman said that Srinagar received 4.7 millimeters of rain while Pahalgam and Kupwara received 13.8 millimetres and 15.1 millimetres of rain respectively.
The continuous precipitation also led to decrease in temperature prompting people to stay indoors and wear woolen clothes ahead of the three-month long winter.
The maximum temperature in summer capital was recorded 8.8 degree celsius, while as the minimum temperature recorded was 6.7 degrees.
The outlook for next two days continues to be gloomy with weatherman predicting moderate to heavy rainfall with thunderstorms at most of the places in valley, the official said.
Meanwhile, the water level has started to swell in river Jehlum and other rivulets but continues to be below danger mark.

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