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Landslides close Sgr-Jmu highway

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Jammu, Aug 14: Traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway was suspended for the second consecutive day today due to landslides triggered by heavy rains in Ramban district.

However, the Mughal road remained open for two-way traffic.

The nearly 270-km Srinagar-Jammu national highway was blocked by fresh landslides at Digdol in Ramban district, officials said.

They said no damage or casualty was reported in the landslides and it caused a massive traffic jam on the road leaving hundreds of passengers stranded.

Over 400 vehicles are stranded at various places en route, they said.

The men and machines of BRO are working to clear the highway of landslides and make it trafficable, they said, adding two major landslides at Seri in Ramban and Kheri in Udhampur were cleared by the BRO and the highway made motorable for a brief time but fresh landslides blocked it.

Traffic personnel said the Mughal Road, connecting the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri in Jammu region with south Kashmir’s Shopian district, was opened for two-way traffic.

The roads in Mahore in Reasi district was also closed due to multiple landslides besides some roads in Kishtwar and Rajouri suffered some damage due to flooding.

In Kathua district, a road patch has been washed away by flash floods at Basholi, they said.

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