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Jammu and Kashmir: 10 missing after avalanche hits Jammu-Srinagar highway, rescue operations underway

The  Jammu-Srinagar highway remained closed for the third consecutive day on Friday due to heavy snowfall and landslides

Edited by: India TV News Desk, Srinagar [ Published on: February 08, 2019 10:57 IST ]

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At least 10 people, including six policemen, are reported to be missing after an avalanche hit the Jammu-Srinagar highway on Thursday evening.

The highway remained closed for the third consecutive day on Friday due to heavy snowfall and landslides, according to the police.

Those missing included six policemen, two fire service personnel and two prisoners, according to news agency IANS.

Rescue operations are underway but bad weather conditions are hampering the efforts.

Meanwhile, no traffic was allowed on the highway on Friday due to multiple avalanches in the Bannihal sector and landslides in the Ramsoo-Ramban area.

Avalanches that occurred between Qazigund and Jawahar Tunnel those are yet to be cleared, traffic department officials said.

Incessant rain in Ramsoo-Ramban triggered landslides at Panthal, Anokhi Falls and Battery Chashma.

Fearing that the restoration of the highway could take at least three more days, the divisional administration has ordered rationing of petrol and diesel in the valley.

An order issued by Baseer Ahmad Khan, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir has directed petrol pumps not to supply more than three litres of petrol per vehicle per day and just 10 litres of diesel to commercial vehicles until further orders.

Air traffic has also remained suspended on Friday between the Kashmir Valley and the rest of the country due to heavy snowfall and poor visibility.

Meanwhile, the MET office has forecast an improvement in the weather conditions as the western disturbance causing heavy rain and snow in the state is expected to move away Friday evening.

(With IANS inputs)

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