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Rains lash parts of J-K, traffic on Jammu-Srinagar highway disrupted

Vehicular traffic on the 270 kilometre-long Jammu-Srinagar National Highway (NH44) was disrupted on Monday morning at Panthial in Ramban district after moderate-intensity rains “triggered shooting stones from the hills”.

Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), traffic wing, JS Johar said that following moderate rains there was some disruption at Panthial this morning.

“The traffic movement was disrupted at 7 am following moderate rains that triggered shooting stones from the hill on to the road”, a traffic police official stated. Traffic officials hope to resume normal operations soon.

Parts of Jammu region received light to moderate rains during the wee hours on Monday.

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Following the disruption at Panthial, a message was flashed and traffic for Kashmir was stopped at Nagrota, Udhampur, Nashri and Chanderkot.

“Today only trucks carrying essentials to Valley will be allowed to move from Jammu to Srinagar. No other LMV or HMV will be allowed from any direction between Jammu and Srinagar”, said the official.

Following an improvement in weather conditions and restoration works, the Jammu-Srinagar national highway was thrown open to traffic on Sunday morning after it remained blocked for four straight days.

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India Meteorological Department director, J&K and Ladakh, Sonam Lotus said for the next week, the weather will mainly remain dry in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh.

“However, a spell of light to moderate rain, especially in Jammu region, is likely during September 3 and 4”, he said.

“There’s no forecast of any significant weather for the next one week,” Lotus added.

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