Kashmir drenched, highway closed

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Rains continued to lash Kashmir on Saturday causing fresh landslides on the 270-kilometer Srinagar-Jammu National Highway which remained closed for fresh traffic on second consecutive day.

As per Meteorological Department, the Valley and wintercapital Jammu received light to moderate rainfall while several places inLadakh witnessed windy conditions during last two days.

The MeT department has predicted ongoing wet spell tocontinue till Sunday with a significant improvement in weather expected fromMonday onwards.

As per MeT data, summer capital Srinagar recorded 13millimetres of rainfall between Friday and Saturday, while winter capital Jammurecorded 16 mm rainfall. Ski-resort Gulmarg also recorded 18 mm rainfall.

As per MeT, the frequent wet spells during this month hashelped to overcome the rainfall deficit witnessed in February in both J&Kand Ladakh.

The ongoing wet spell has also brought down the temperatureswith Srinagar recording 16.8 degrees Celsius maximum temperature on Saturday,which was 4.3 degrees below normal.

Landslides on Highway:

The arterial 270-kilometer Srinagar-Jammu National Highwayremained closed for fresh traffic for second consecutive day on Saturday,chocking supplies of essential goods to the Valley.

Senior Traffic Police officials said shooting stones andfresh landslides on the Banihal- Ramban stretch including Panthiyal andCafeteria Morh hampered the road clearance. The highway had closed on Fridaymorning leaving hundreds of trucks stranded.

Deputy Superintendent of Police, Traffic (Highway) AjayAnand told Greater Kashmir, "We managed to move 300 Jammu-bound trucks fromnear Ramban but fresh landslides have been adding to the problems. We hope theroad is made travel-worthy soon."

Anand who is stationed at Ramban said 500 Kashmir-boundtrucks carrying essential goods remained stranded at Udhampur. "They will beallowed to move on priority as soon as full-fledged traffic is restored on thehighway," Anand said.

Traffic Advisory

A traffic advisory issued on Saturday said "subject tofair weather and road conditions only vehicles carrying essential commoditieswill be allowed to travel from Jammu to Srinagar on Sunday."

Srinagar-Leh Highway Closed

The Srinagar-Leh National Highway remained closed for thirdconsecutive day for vehicular traffic on Saturday.

The road had closed on Thursday due to a spell of fresh 3-4inch deep snowfall at Zojila and landslides in the area.

Officials said men and machinery were on the job to clearthe road for trucks carrying essentials from Srinagar to Ladakh. The road wasthrown open for only trucks and tankers last week after days of snow clearance.

Mughal Road

The Mughal Road connecting Shopian district with Pir Panchalalso remains closed for traffic due to accumulation of snow, officials said.

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