Yatra suspended due to landslides, highway re-opened

Yatra suspended due to landslides, highway re-opened
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Flash floods, Kashmir flood, flood threat,SRINAGAR: The Amarnath Yatra on both the Baltal and Pahalgam routes remained suspended on Wednesday due to landslides and shooting stones between Railpathri and Brarimarg and continuous rain in the Yatra area. So far, 60,752 yatris have been able to reach the holy cave.
The Metrological Department had on Tuesday forecast rain for the next 48 hours with light to moderate rain all over Jammu region.
“There is equal possibility of heavy rain accompanied by wind and thunderstorm in hilly areas causing flash floods and landslides in vulnerable areas of Rajouri, Poonch and Reasi,” the MeT department said on Tuesday.
The 300-km-long Jammu-Srinagar national highway was reopened for traffic hours after it was closed on Wednesday due to a landslide triggered by rains in Ramban district, police said.
The landslide occurred in Ramban’s Panthal area this morning. BRO personnel and machines were pressed into service to clear the highway and it was reopened for traffic after a few hours, the police added.
Two-way traffic of light motor vehicles (LMVs) is plying on the highway, while heavy vehicles have been allowed only for one-way traffic from Kashmir to Jammu, police said.
District Development Commissioner Pulwama, Ghulam Mohammad Dar, visited Satoora Village of Tral on Wednesday where cloudburst had affected the upper areas. Rains and flash floods had damaged agricultural fields, electricity poles, culverts, water supply pipes and protection bunds.
The DDC was accompanied by ADC Tral, ACD Pulwama, Tehsildar Aripal, and other officers from the district administration.
The DDC Pulwama took stock of the damage caused by the flash floods and locals apprised him about the large-scale devastation caused in the area. He inspected the nallah from where the water had spilled over to the village. Locals demanded the construction of a concrete protection bund and diversion on this nallah.