Nearly 1,500 trucks carrying essential supplies to Kashmir Valley are stranded at various places over the 300-km long Jammu-Srinagar national highway as the road have either been washed away by flash floods or due to landslide.

The highway has suffered the maximum damage at the Ramsu area of the Ramban district where around 40 meters of road has been completely washed away.The highway remained closed for the sixth day on Tuesday.

The local television and radio stations in Valley have remained off air. There is also no telecom connectivity between the Valley and the Jammu region.Although the authorities on Tuesday said that 160 people have died due to the floods, the exact magnitude of death and destruction will be known only later.

Seven bodies were recovered on Tuesday morning in Sadal village of the Udhampur district by army, while 31 people were still missing.

Two bodied were recovered in the Manmjakot village of Rajouri district later on Monday.As many as 2,040 houses in the Jammu region alone have become uninhabitable as they have been completely or partially damaged.

The weather was dry in the Jammu region on Tuesday morning, which is likely to help speed up the rescue mission by the Indian Army and other security forces.

Mata Vaishno Devi yatra was suspended for the third day on Monday and M.K. Bhandari, the deputy CEO of the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, said a decision about resuming the yatra will be taken later.

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