The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway extending up to 270-km was reopened on August 22 after it remained closed for two days due to landslides brought about by heavy rainfall.

According to the latest reports, the highway was blocked at over several locations between Udhampur and Banihal on August 20 which left several vehicles stuck at one place.

The highway was unblocked for one-way traffic around in the morning of August 22. Once the stranded vehicles were cleared, the traffic will be given way from Srinagar towards Jammu, as told by Deputy Superintendent of Police, National Highway, Ajay Anand, to a news agency.

Jammu and Kashmir witnessed heavy rainfall during the last few days, which led to landslides and stone shower from hillocks overlooking the highway at Panthiyal, Battery Cheshma, Mehar, Chanderkote, Monkey Morh, Sherbibi, Moum Passi, Ramsoo, Kela Morh, Digdole, Maroog and Trishul Morh.

Due to thorough work done by road clearance agencies, the road was cleared. However, shooting stones from the hills at Monkey Morh and Panthiyal led to more delay in clearance work.

Reportedly, trucks carrying essential commodities as well as passenger vehicles bound for Kashmir were cleared first after restoration of the highway amid improvement in weather.

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