Jammu-Srinagar national highway closed after landslide in Udhampur district; road-clearance operation underway

An official had said that the clearance operation at the Jammu-Srinagar national highway is likely to be completed within next five hours.

Press Trust of India August 29, 2018 11:34:49 IST
Jammu-Srinagar national highway closed after landslide in Udhampur district; road-clearance operation underway

Jammu: A fresh landslide struck Jammu-Srinagar National Highway in Udhampur district on Wednesday, forcing closure of the strategically important and only all weather road connecting Kashmir with rest of the country, officials said.

JammuSrinagar national highway closed after landslide in Udhampur district roadclearance operation underway

Representational image. PTI

The major landslide occurred at Kheri Passi morh around 3 am, blocking the highway and leaving hundreds of vehicles stranded, a traffic department official said. He said men and machinery have been moved to the spot by the concerned agencies and clearance operation was going on in full swing.

"The clearance operation is likely to be completed within next five hours," the official said. He said Srinagar-bound vehicles, which left Jammu this morning, were stopped at various places.

A massive landslide in Ramban district had blocked the highway for two days from 25 August to 26 August.

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