Massive landslide strands 2 000 vehicles in Kashmir, India

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A massive landslide has closed a section of Srinagar-Jammu National Highway in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Thursday, February 2, 2017, stranding some 2 000 vehicles for two days. The highway was partially opened today, allowing only stranded vehicles to pass.

According to the NDTV, over 2 000 vehicles, including trucks loaded with essentials and tankers have been stranded on the highway between Digdol and Ramban. Drivers were waiting helplessly for aid facing the ultimate threat of being injured or even killed by shooting stones that roll down at extremely high speed during a landslide.      

"We are stuck in here for two days now without food. Our lives are on the edge," one truck driver told NDTV.

The highway, Kashmir's lifeline, was partially reopened on Saturday, February 2. Officials said only stranded vehicles will be cleared today and no traffic from either Jammu or Srinagar will be permitted.

Kashmir landslide February 2, 2017 - Google Earth Map

Credit: Google

This is not the only landslide on the highway over the past 10 days but is the largest. Officials say it will take a considerable amount of time to clear the rubble.

Featured image credit: NDTV

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