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Jammu and Kashmir: Respite from inclement weather conditions, but national highway remains closed

April 5, 2015 12:55 PM |

Jammu Srinagar Highway Closed

The Jammu-Srinagar highway remained shut for the fifth consecutive day on Sunday, due to landslides in Magarkoot and Ramban sector. Most parts of Jammu and Kashmir continued to receive light to heavy rain in the last 24 hours. But overall conditions have improved as the flood threat is now over and better weather conditions are expected on Monday.

As of now, fresh landslides and avalanches continue to affect the valley. On Saturday, an avalanche in the Ladakh region hit an Army convoy, which led to the death of four soldiers. Moreover, light to heavy rain activity was experienced in parts of northern and southern Kashmir over the last 24 hours or so. Banihal recorded 9.4 mm of rain, Batote recorded 43 mm rain, Bhaderwah 4.8 mm, Gulmarg 2.3 mm, Jammu 14 mm, Katra 23 mm, and Kokernag recorded 7.7 mm of rain.

Southern parts of Kashmir experienced moderate to heavy rain at some places, and light to moderate rain at many places. Light rain activity was observed in most parts of northern Kashmir. Also, light rain and snow was experienced in the higher reaches. The weather is expected to remain clear on Monday with light to moderate rain expected on Tuesday. Thereafter, dry conditions are expected to prevail in the region.

The residents of Jammu and Kashmir are praying for clear weather conditions in the coming days. The shutdown of the Jammu-Srinagar highway has led to a shortage of essential supplies and has left several passengers stranded. Authorities did open the highway for a short duration on Saturday but fresh landslides soon led to closure.


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