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Landslide closes Jammu-Srinagar highway

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Jammu : Jammu-Srinagar national highway was closed on Wednesday due to bad weather triggering landslides in Ramban district of Jammu region.

“Continuous nightlong rain has triggered shooting-stones and landslides in some portions of the highway in Ramban district,” an official of the traffic department here said.

“Keeping the safety in view of the travellers, it has been decided that no traffic movement will be allowed on the highway on Wednesday,” he added.

The over 300-km long highway is the lifeline for the landlocked Kashmir Valley as all essentials of life including food grains, medicines, vegetables, mutton, poultry and petroleum products are brought in through this road.

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Woman, three children die in fire in UP village

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Banda, Dec 26 : Three children and their mother were burnt to death in a fire which spread from a bonfire in Dubey Purva Mau village in Banda district of Uttar Pradesh.

Additional Superintendent of Police, Mahendra Pratap Chauhan, said, “Kallu, a resident of Dubey Purva village in Marka police station area in Banda district is a daily wager from Jaipur, Rajasthan. He lived there along with his wife and three children. The sparks emanating from the bonfire lit due to the cold gutted the entire house. Possible other reasons behind the fire are also being probed.”

According to the locals, the villagers raised an alarm when they saw the flames engulfing Kallu’s house. By the time they were able to break open the door, the entire house had turned into rubble. There was only burnt debris and smoke everywhere. On receiving information, the police arrived and the fire brigade too reached the site.

Villagers said the mother and her three children were burnt to death in the fire in the kuccha house which began from a bonfire. The police and the fire brigade personnel put out the fire and removed the bodies from the rubble.

The Sub-Divisional Magistrate said prima facie the cause of the fire appears to be the sparks from the bonfire. But only an investigation can confirm the actual reason.

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