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Intense rainfall triggers landslides; Kashmir highway shut, snowfall in Gulmarg

Heavy rains which continued for the third day on Tuesday triggered landslides and blocked the Srinagar-Jammu highway even as the weatherman predicted more rain and snow during the next 24 hours in Jammu and Kashmir.

“Moderate to heavy rain is likely to continue on Tuesday. Light rain is expected at many places in the valley on March 24 and thereafter the weather is expected to improve from Wednesday,” Sonum Lotus, the director of the Metrological Department of the J&K, said.

There could be avalanches, mudslides, and waterlogging at some places in the valley and people should remain alert,” he added.

The government authorities have announced the closure of the Srinagar-Jammu national highway due to landslides triggered by rain in the Ramban-Ramsoo sector.

The officials said, “In north’s Kashmir’s Baramulla district in Gulmarg ski resort received 4-5 inches fresh snowfall Tuesday night.” Snow clearance machinery has been swung into action to clear the roads at the ski resort.

Srinagar recorded 4.6 degrees Celsius, Pahalgam 3.2 and Gulmarg minus 0.9 as the minimum temperature of the day.

Leh town of Ladakh had minus 1.5, Kargil minus 1.6 and Drass minus 3.4 as the night’s lowest temperature.

Jammu city had 14.9, Katra 13.2, Batote 6.1, Banihal 5.8 and Bhaderwah 5.6 as the minimum temperature.

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