Amid relentless rain, highway opens for one-way traffic

Amid relentless rain, highway opens for one-way traffic
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Srinagar: After staying closed for nearly 12 hours at night, the Srinagar-Jammu national highway reopened for one-way traffic, from Srinagar to Jammu on Sunday, while relentless rain continued for the past 24 hours. Flights operated from Srinagar International Airport as per schedule and no flight was cancelled or delayed, an airport official said.
A traffic department official said that the highway was reopened for one-way traffic on Sunday morning, nearly 12 hours after it was closed due to landslides and shooting stones triggered by rains at Morg, Karole, Panthnal and Anokhifall areas.
“From 8.30am we resumed the traffic. Today, vehicles were allowed from Srinagar to Jammu and traffic will ply from Jammu to Srinagar on Monday if everything remains normal,” the official said.
Director of the J&K Meteorological Department, Sonam Lotus, said light rain would occur at isolated places in higher reaches of the state. The overall weather will remain dry in the next few days, he said.
Chandigarh-based Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) issued a Low-danger avalanche warning for Baramulla, Gulmarg, Furkian-Z Gali and Kupwara-Chowkibal-Tangdhar, Poonch, Rajouri, Reasi, Ramban,Doda, Kishtwar Udhampur, Anantnag, Kulgam, Badgam, Kupwara, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Kargil, Leh, Bandipora-Kanzalwan-Gurez sector, and Srinagar-Jammu highway for the next 24 hours.
People living in these areas have been advised by the Disaster Management Authority to take precautionary measures.

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