Kashmir highway closed after fresh landslide

Breaking News Kashmir, kashmir, kashmir news,
Photograph by Saide Zahoor for The Kashmir Walla

Srinagar: The strategic Srinagar-Jammu highway was closed for traffic on Thursday following a major landslide in Ramban district, officials said.

A landslide hit the highway at Moom Passi area in Ramsoo stretch during wee hours today, said an official, adding that hundreds of vehicles have been left stranded in the highway.

He said efforts are on to restore the 270-km highway – the only all weather road linking Kashmir with rest of the country. “The clearance of the road will take some time,” he said.

The frequent closure of the highway over the past one month has led to shortage of fuel and other essential commodities in the valley. (KNS)

Kashmir needs independent journalism…

…now, more than ever to give a voice to the voiceless. The press in Kashmir has operated under tremendous pressures of reporting from a conflict zone but since August 2019 we find ourselves in unchartered territory. The Kashmir Walla is among the oldest independent media outlets in Kashmir and has withstood successive lockdowns as well as attempts to suppress us, fighting back with authoritative ground reports based on facts.

We believe in making the powers that be accountable to their actions but to also hold the mirror to the society. We believe in covering all sides of the story and that empowerment in essence means the ability to make informed decisions. As such we have not allowed our journalism to be influenced by the pressures.

Despite the new and still unknown pressures, we are all the more committed to keep informing you of events and stories that matter. Our recent coverage of events has brought us an increased readership. However, the coronavirus pandemic and resultant economic crisis has affected our operational capabilities. We are facing an existential threat but only your support can help us withstand this and maintain our editorial independence.

We need your solidarity to keep our journalism going. Your contribution will empower us to keep you informed on stories that matter from Kashmir. Show your solidarity by joining our members community. Kashmir thanks you.