STATE TIMES NEWS Jammu: Fresh landslides have struck the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway which remained closed for the fourth consecutive day on Thursday, leaving over 7000 vehicles stranded. Landslides have hit the highway at five places in Ramban district, a police officer said . On the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday, fresh landslides took place in Digdol, Monkey Morh, Moumpassi, Pathiyal and Chanderkote, he said.
Men and machines are working to clear the highway of the landslides but continuous landslides and shooting stones are making clearing operations difficult.
Snowfall on Kashmir side of the highway since Sunday has resulted in blockade of the highway.
As a result of the blockade of the highway, over 7000 vehicles are stranded at various places en route from Lakhanpur in Kathua district to Banihal belt of Ramban district and also on the Kashmir side.
With the highway closed for the fourth day, stranded truck drivers said they have run out of money to buy food and urged the government to come to their aid.
They said the government has not made any arrangement for setting up community kitchens for them.
They also urged the government to reopen the highway at the earliest so that they can move towards Jammu as they have been stranded on the Kashmir side for five-six days.
Meanwhile, low visibility and accumulation of snow at the Srinagar airport led to cancellation of 15 flights on Thursday morning, officials said.
Most parts of the valley received snowfall overnight.
The air traffic remained affected on Thursday as well as no flight operations took place in the morning, an official of the airport here said. He said 15 morning flights of various airlines to and fro Srinagar were cancelled.
The flights were cancelled due to accumulation of snow on the runway and low visibility, the official said.
He, however, said the other flights for the day were kept on standby as there was possibility of flight operations taking place later in the day if the weather improved.
Flight operations have been affected at the airport for the past few days. All flights were cancelled on January 12 and 13, but few operated on January 14. However, flight operations did not take place on Wednesday as well due to continued snowfall.
Most plain areas in the valley received moderate to heavy snowfall on Wednesday which continued during the night, a MET official said.
He said the higher reaches of the valley, Jammu region and Ladakh Union Territory received heavy snowfall.
He said there are chances of light snowfall at isolated to scattered places of J-K over the next 24 hours.
No major snowfall is expected for the next five days. Another spell of lesser intensity is likely from January 21 to 24, he added.
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