"Srinagar-Jammu national highway will remain closed today because of fresh landslides due to heavy rains during the night in Magarkoot and Battery Cheshma areas of the road in Ramban district," a senior traffic department official said.

"No vehicle will be allowed to move on the highway today (Friday) as road clearance operations are going on," said the official.

More than 1,500 vehicles including trucks, public and passenger transport vehicles and private vehicles are stranded at safer places along the highway that forms the landlocked Valley's only surface link with the rest of the country.

Heavy nightlong rain in the Valley has again caused rise in the water levels of rivers, lakes and mountain streams here, though the Jhelum river is still flowing below the danger mark.

"Water level of Jhelum river was 13.7 feet at Sangam (Anantnag), it was 15.6 feet at Ram Munshibagh (Srinagar) and 11.3 at Asham (Bandipora) on Friday morning. The river is flowing much below the danger mark," an official of the flood control department said on Friday.

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