Jammu & Kashmir

Traffic on Srinagar-Jammu highway suspended after shooting stones

A view of stranded trucks on Srinagar-Jammu highway. [FPK Photo/ Qayoom Khan]

Ramban: The traffic movement on Srinagar-Jammu highway was suspended on Wednesday after heavy rains triggered mudslides and shooting stones at few places in Ramban district, officials said.

Due to heavy rain, shooting stones and mudslide incidents took place at various locations along the stretch.

He said the highway has been closed for traffic movement till further clearance.

“Efforts are underway to restore highway for traffic movement ”, official added.

Earlier, rains lashed plains since overnight while the weather department forecast more precipitation in Jammu and Kashmir till May 26.

A meteorological department official said that Srinagar received 6.9mm of rain in last 24 hours till 0830 hours, Qazigund 8.2mm, Pahalgam 22.5mm, Kupwara 10.6mm, Kokernag 10.5mm, Gulmarg 21.0mm, Jammu 8.1mm, Banihal 9.2mm, Batote 14.6mm, Katra 4.8mm and Bhaderwah 14.2mm.

He said that there will be intermittent rain/thunderstorm and snowfall over higher reaches at most places.

“Possibility of hailstorm and strong gusty winds at a few places can’t be ruled out,” he said.

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