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Landslide blocks Jammu-Srinagar highway, bridge damaged

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Traffic on the 300-km long Jammu- Srinagar national highway was suspended this evening after a massive landslide blocked the arterial road and also damaged a bridge in Udhampur district, officials said.
“The landslide struck the national highway, the only all weather road linking Kashmir with the rest of the country, at Morh Passi near Balli Nallah in Udhampur district around 1633 hours, damaging a bridge and blocking the road,” a spokesman of the Traffic department told PTI.

He said men and machinery have been pressed into service and the road is expected to be made traffic worthy by tomorrow evening.
Hundreds of vehicles got stranded in the aftermath of the landslide and efforts are on to shift them to safer places away from the landslide prone-areas, the spokesman said.

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