Landslide in northern India blocks major road, triggers panic

Landslide in northern India blocks major road, triggers panic

A massive landslide in northern India’s Jammu and Kashmir caused major disruption as it blocked the Kishtwar-Paddar road.


The incident took place near the village of Patthar Neki, Kishtwar district on June 30.

Visuals showed the dramatic moment when a large portion of the hillside collapsed, sending a cascade of loose mud and debris down the slope. People can be heard screaming and fleeing the area in fear. 


According to reports a communications tower on the hillside was brought down by the slide.

The landslide forced the suspension of vehicular movement and sent residents into a panic.


In response, authorities quickly deployed machinery to clear the blocked road. Efforts are underway to restore access as soon as possible. The weather department has issued warnings of potential flash floods, landslides, and falling rocks in vulnerable areas due to predicted thunderstorms and lightning in the coming week.


The weather in the broader Jammu region remained overcast, with light to moderate rainfall reported in various districts, including Kishtwar, Doda, Rajouri, Poonch, Udhampur, and Ramban. Jammu city experienced light rain on Sunday morning and evening. 

Temperature readings for the region were typical for this time of year, with Jammu city reaching a high of 36 degrees Celsius and a low of 26.3 degrees Celsius. Katra, the starting point for pilgrims visiting the Mata Vaishno Devi shrine, recorded temperatures between 24.6 and 32.9 degrees Celsius.


Weather forecasts predict light to moderate rain or thunderstorms in many parts of Jammu during the late night and early morning hours until July 3. Heavier rains are expected from July 4 to 7, prompting authorities to urge residents to remain cautious and stay informed about weather conditions.


This landslide serves as a reminder of the region’s vulnerability to natural disasters, particularly during the monsoon season, highlighting the importance of preparedness and swift response.

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