Fresh landslide shuts Srinagar-Jammu highway for traffic

Weather to improve from today, says MeT

Srinagar: The Srinagar-Jammu highway was closed for vehicular traffic on Friday after a landslide was triggered by rains.
The 270-km-long highway, which is the only all-weather road link between Kashmir and the rest of the country, was blocked by the landslide at the Digdol area in the district on Thursday night, officials said
Over 3,000 heavy motor vehicles (HMVs) and 300 light motor vehicles (LMVs) are stranded at different locations along the highway, they added.
Superintendent of Police Traffic (Rural) Kashmir Muzaffar Ahmad Shah said the highway was closed for traffic on Friday.
According to him, no fresh traffic will be allowed to move on the highway on Saturday. However, only stranded vehicles will be cleared after making through for traffic.
The men and machinery have been deployed to clear the road, he said.
The highway remained closed for three days last week due to snowfall and landslides triggered by heavy rains.
Meanwhile, weather conditions in the Kashmir are likely going to improve from Saturday afternoon.
Director Metrological department (MeT) Sonum Lotus told Kashmir Reader that weather will begin to improve from Saturday afternoon and predicted dry weather for a week.
“There will be no major rain and snowfall in plains and hilly areas of the Kashmir Valley for at least a week,” he said.
Lotus said better weather conditions will also improve prevailing cold weather.
The day temperature, he said, will rise, while night temperature will fall throughout the week.
This year, weather worsened in the Valley after early snowfall. Horticulture and power department have suffered major losses to the tune of more than 100 crores.
On Friday, the maximum temperature in Srinagar was recorded at 7.5 degree Celsius.
The air traffic, however, was through to the Valley except for cancellation of a single flight.
Director Srinagar Airport said a flight from Mumbai to Srinagar was cancelled on Friday.

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