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Vehicular traffic on Jammu-Srinagar NH suspended after landslides triggered by heavy rain, snowfall

In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the vehicular traffic on the 270 km Jammu-Srinagar national highway was suspended today following landslides triggered by heavy rain and snowfall. It is the only all-weather road which links Kashmir valley with rest of the country. AIR Jammu correspondent reports that over 100 trucks are stranded between Chanderkote and Ramsu and efforts by the road clearance agencies are on to make the road trafficable. The national highway was closed after overnight rain triggered landslides and shooting of stones from the hillocks at various places including Cafeteria Morh, Duggi Pulli (Chanderkote) and Panthiyal in Ramban district. No fresh traffic, which was scheduled to ply from Jammu towards Srinagar was allowed today.

Moreover, the helicopter service to Mata Vaishno Devi shrine atop Trikuta hills in Reasi district also remained suspended for the second day today due to inclement weather but the yatra continued despite a landslide on the new track and fresh snowfall at the bhawan. The Vaishno Devi shrine experienced over six inches of snow, while the depth of snow in its peripheral areas including Bhairon Ghati was over one feet.

The weather men has forecast moderate rain or snow in both divisions of Jammu and Kashmir till today evening followed by significant improvement in weather from tomorrow to January 28. Katra, the base camp for the pilgrims of Vaishno Devi, recorded the highest 50.6 mm of rainfall during the past 24 hours, while Jammu city recorded 13.7 mm of rainfall. The Banihal town in Ramban district was the coldest recorded place in Jammu region with a low of minus 1.3 degree Celsius followed by Bhaderwah 0.6 degree Celsius.

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