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Landslides block NHW, bridge damaged; reopens after 24 hours
BANIHAL, Sep 11: Vehicular traffic movement remained suspended for at least 24 hours on 300 Kilometres long Jammu-Srinagar national highway as after a massive landslide damaged a bridge over national highway near Udhampur.

Reports said that on September 11 at about 4.15 PM a massive landslide breakout from a hilltop near Morh Passi between Samroli and Udhampur on Jammu-Srinagar national highway. The landslide struck a bridge and damaged it severely.

Sources said that excavators of Gammon India were working on a work site near Morh Passi. Suddenly a massive landslide triggered off from a work site of Gammon India which hit the bridge. Intensity of landslide was so high that one of the pillars of the bridge was break down and a number of cracks developed over bridge.

Gammon India pressed its men and machinery into the service to clear the debris from bridge.

SSP traffic National Highway Sanjay Bhagat told media persons that due to landslide a bridge got damaged on Jammu-Srinagar national highway and traffic movement was suspended. Restoration of traffic on Jammu Srinagar national highway requires some times to go through.

"The landslide struck the national highway at Morh Passi near Balli Nallah in Udhampur district around 1633 hours, damaging a bridge and blocking the road," he added.

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, adding that the stranded passengers were seen moving in trans-shipment to reach their destinations.

A landslide also struck the highway at Makarkot in Ramsu area of Ramban district around 2000 hours yesterday, he added.

However, the landslide was cleared within one-and-a-half hour and the highway was reopened for traffic late last night, the officials said.

While the light motor vehicles were plying on the highway from both sides today, load carriers and security convoys were not allowed from this side due to one-way restriction for heavy vehicles in view of the ongoing widening and repair work at various patches especially Panthyal in Ramban district.

Meanwhile, reports from Bhaderwah said that due to the sudden rainfall and rise of water and mud in Nallahs of Kashtigarh area of district Doda water entered the houses of people causing huge damage to the houses. As per sources late last evening due to the heavy rain when people were taking dinner suddenly the water level and mud entered in the houses of Rashpal Singh son of Umaid Singh, Gandharb Singh son of Panthu Ram and Kulbushan Singh son of Surjeet Singh all residence of village Mandole Kashtigarh.

When the news of incident spread in the area some persons informed Police Post Kashtigarh and started rescue operation. The cops rescued all the persons which were trapped in the houses. There was no loss of life but great loss to the property.

News Updated at : Tuesday, September 12, 2017
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