Jammu:  The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway remained closed for the ninth consecutive day today due to landslides and sinking of road at various places.

The traffic was suspended on the 300-km long Highway due to landslides, washing of road patches and flooding at various places on September 4.

Hundreds of passenger and commercial vehicles were stranded on the Highway at various place in Banihal, Ramban, Batote, Kud, Patnitop, Chenani, Udhampur and Jammu due to closure of the road, police officials said.

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has intensified operations to clear the Highway as soon as possible, they said, adding BRO pressed in service its men and machines and launched a massive clearance and repair operation to reopen the Highway for traffic.

Authorities were focusing more on reopening of the Highway so that more rescue material could reach Kashmir by road.

20 light motor vehicles carrying relief material from Jammu are yet to reach the Kashmir Valley.

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