National Highway remains closed for 2nd day
The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, the only surface link the state and the rest of the country, remained close for the second consecutive day on Wednesday with Border Roads Organisation (BRO) officials trying to clear the road, official sources said.
Landslides at Panthal and Shetani Nullah areas in Ramban-Banihal sector left the highway blocked and over 600 vehicles stranded.
The BRO is working to clear the highway of blockades, they said adding the sliding of rocks from the mountaintops is making the task difficult, the sources added.
One person had died when he was hit by a rock during a landslide at Panthal on Tuesday .
Meanwhile, reports from Reasi district said that Mahore has been cut off from other parts of Jammu division due to landslides following heavy rains in last two days, officials said in Jammu.
The reports said that the road link between Dharmari-Mahore in the district has been closed due to landslides since last two days, they said.
BRO authorities and the army were trying to clear the blockades caused by the landslides, they said adding however; continued rains were hampering the work.
Vehicles, carrying fruit, milk, vegetables and other commodities, were also stranded at different points between Dharmari and Mahore.
However, the district administration had made necessary arrangements for essential commodities to be provided to the people in Mahore, they added.