Leh-Srinagar highway closed due to landslides

Leh-Srinagar highway has been closed due to landslides triggered by overnight rains, reports said.

Traffic on the 434-km-long national highway which connects Ladakh region with Kashmir valley was suspended due to landslides, triggered by heavy overnight rains at Zojila, a traffic police official said this morning.

Traffic on the highway was disrupted between Sonmarg-Zojila-Meenmarg only, he said, adding that vehicles were plying between Srinagar to Sonmarg and Drass-Kargil to Leh normally, official said.

Officials said the BEACON, responsible for the maintenance of the highway have already put into service sophisticated machines and men to put through the highway.

However, intermittent rain is hampering the landslide clearance operation and there is forecast for more rain during the next 24 hours.

The official said that traffic will be resumed only after receiving green signal from traffic authorities posted on the highway.

Meanwhile, all Kashmir-bound vehicles have been stopped at Drass and other places on other side of the Zojila. Similarly, large number of vehicles, including those carrying essentials for Ladakh region are stranded at Sonmarg.

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