Thousands of people stranded by landslides and rock blast block Jammu-Srinagar national highway

Nearly 1,200 vehicles were stuck between Ramban and Panthiyal alone. Indian meteorological department forecast moderate to heavy rains in Jammu region over the next 24 hours

jammu national highway, indian expressThe national road, which remained closed for several hours, was reopened on Wednesday afternoon. (Photo source: Reuters Photo)

Thousands of people were stranded along the Jammu-Srinagar national highway on Thursday as the 300km road linking two summer capitals of the Union Territory was blocked by landslides and gunfire stones following heavy rain since the previous night at various locations in Ramban district. .

According to the traffic police control room, nearly 1,200 vehicles were stuck between Ramban and Panthiyal. An Amarnath yatra convoy with nearly 4,700 pilgrims who left Jammu under heavy security in the morning had to stop at Chanderkote Amarnath Yatri Niwas as the road ahead was closed to traffic.

Efforts were being made to clear the road as soon as possible, but poor weather conditions were hampering work, officials said.

The national road, which remained closed for several hours, was reopened on Wednesday afternoon.

India’s meteorological department forecast moderate to heavy rains in the Jammu region over the next 24 hours, adding that it could lead to flash floods and landslides.

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