Jammu-Srinagar NH Blocked Due To Multiple Landslides, Flying Stones; 1 Killed After Tanker Collided

Mudslides and flying stones caused traffic disruptions

by Tejashee Kashyap
Jammu-Srinagar NH Blocked Due To Multiple Landslides, Flying Stones; 1 Killed After Tanker Collided

The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway has once again faced the wrath of nature. Multiple landslides have blocked significant sections of the vital roadway. Mudslides and flying stones caused traffic disruptions on the National Highway on Saturday.

Jammu-Srinagar National Highway Blocked

The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway traverses through some of the most challenging geographical terrains. Mudslides and flying stones caused traffic disruptions on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway on Saturday. The constant rainfall in the area caused the mudslides. Many landslides between the districts of Banihal and Ramban blocked the highway. Vehicle traffic was barred on the national highway until further notice. A tanker on the Jammu Srinagar National Highway in Udhampur, Jammu and Kashmir, collided with a mountainside, killing one person. Further investigation into the incident is underway.

As a result, travel has become much more dangerous. The scenario is worse with persistent heavy rain throughout the entire route. The NH-44 is closed to traffic until the weather clears and the debris is removed from the road. Authorities have been deployed to the affected areas to undertake clearance operations and repair damaged sections of the roadwayMeanwhile, a lot of snow is still obstructing the routes leading to Srinagar, Leh, the Mughal Road, Sinthan, Kishtwar, Bandipora, Gurez, and Kupwara-Tangdhar.

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Multiple Landslides Have Occurred

The recent spate of landslides, triggered by incessant rains, has led to the closure of several sections of the highway, effectively cutting off vital transportation links. Due to damage from heavy rain and snowfall, the roadway has only allowed one-way travel since February 26. At 8.30 am on Saturday, Banihal recorded the most rainfall of 74.4 mm in the previous 24 hours. The weather service forecasts more snow in high-altitude regions and showers in the plains throughout the Union territory.

The weather forecast to progressively improve on Saturday night. It stated that most of the Union territory will continue to see rain in the lowlands and snow in high-altitude regions.

With the highway being the primary route for the transportation of essential supplies to the landlocked Kashmir Valley, the blockage has exacerbated concerns. Such occurrences are not uncommon in the rugged terrain of the region. But their impact on transportation and daily life cannot be overstated.
Cover image credits: X/J&K Traffic Police

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