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Massive landslide blocks Jammu-Srinagar highway, stranding hundreds of vehicles, India

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At least 1 800 vehicles are stranded on Jammu-Srinagar highway on May 9, 2019, after a massive landslide hit Ramban district, blocking the highway.

According to traffic department officials, the landslide hit the highway in Dingol area.

"Efforts are on to clear the debris. It was a huge landslide that hit the highway early in the morning. No traffic will be allowed on the highway both from Banihal and Udhampur," an official said.

Landslides caused by unusually heavy rain have blocked the highway repeatedly over the last few months.

Even though the first 3 months of the year are usually the least active period, 2019 has already seen an unusual level of landsliding worldwide, with fatalities totaling over 1 000 to date, landslides expert Dave Petley said April 18.

"Significant losses have occurred in rainfall-induced events in Africa, South America, Southeast Asia and in East Asia, as well as in mining and construction induced landslides."

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