The 300-km long Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, the only surface link connecting Kashmir Valley with the rest of the country, continued to remain closed for the fourth consecutive day today following landslides triggered by heavy rain in the area.
Two people were on Thursday killed while two others were seriously injured when the vehicle they were travelling in was hit by a landslide on the Jammu- Srinagar national highway near here, a police official said.
In the wake of heavy rain and snowfall, the 300-km long Jammu-Srinagar national highway, the only surface link between Kashmir and rest of the country, remained closed for vehicular traffic for the second consecutive day on Friday.
The cave shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi in Trikuta hills of Jammu and Kashmir experienced overnight rainfall but failed to dampen the spirit of pilgrims who came from various parts of the country to pay their obeisance at the shrine.
The opening of Jammu-Srinagar National Highway has come as a ray of hope for flood-affected population in Kashmir Valley which is battling with shortage of essentials including life-saving drugs and baby food.
With floods rendering the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway inoperational for 12 consecutive days Monday, Kashmir Valley residents are facing an acute shortage of essential commodities even as people in some areas of north and south Kashmir accused the administration of concentrating only on Srinagar city.
The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, the only surface link between Kashmir and the rest of the country, was Tuesday reopened for one-way traffic after a two-day long closure due to heavy snowfall and slippery conditions.