Jammu-Srinagar National Highway closed after overnight snowfall, landslides

The 270-km Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was closed due to overnight snowfall and eight families were moved to safer locations after heavy rains triggered landslides in Gurmul village in Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district, officials said on Saturday.

Nine inches of snow has accumulated on the ground at the Jawahar Tunnel of the highway and the road is blocked at several points due to landslides following rains in Marog, Magerkote and Panthiyal, they said.Efforts are afoot to ensure early restoration of traffic on the strategic road that links the Kashmir region to the rest of the country, the officials said.

In Doda district of the Union Territory’s Jammu region, the officials said, eight families were moved to safer locations after heavy rains triggered shooting stones and landslides at Gurmul village in Kastigarh.The families have been provided accommodation and relief material, including bedding, by the district administration, they said.On the situation of the national highway, the officials said that a landslide hit the highway at Marog, a rockslide at Magerkote and there are continuous shooting stones from hillocks at Panthiyal.

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