Landslide blocks highway

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BANIHAL: A fresh landslide blocked Jammu-Srinagar highway late this afternoon, leaving hundreds of vehicles stranded, a police official said.
Heavy rains triggered the fresh landslide at Gangroo near Ramsu along the 260-km long highway and efforts are on to made it traffic worthy, Deputy Superintendent of Police Vishal Manhas told PTI.
He said the blocking of the highway left hundreds of vehicles, including the convoy carrying Amarnath pilgrims, stranded.
However, he said all the vehicles have been taken out from the landslide and the shooting stone prone areas as the safety of the commuters is the top priority of the police.
Heavy rains in Banihal-Udhampur sector had also triggered landslides and shooting of stones at four places at Panthal, Nedgard, Digdol and Samroli this morning, blocking the highway, the officials said.
However, they said the agencies concerned pressed men and machines into service and after hectic efforts cleared the blockade in the shortest possible time at around 0915 hours.
Massive traffic jam was reported at several places along the highway throughout the day, causing lot of hardships for the traffic personnel and police to manage the traffic despite the rain, they said.