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Army airlifts stranded travellers
Stranded on Jammu-Kashmir highway
Travellers were also stranded on the highway in December
The Indian army has begun air-lifting people stranded in Indian-administered Kashmir following bad weather.

Thousands of travellers have been evacuated to Jammu and Srinagar after the highway connecting the two cities was closed after snow and landslides.

The 186-mile (300km) highway is the only surface link between Kashmir valley and the rest of India. It has been closed for the past eight days.

Officials say more than 1,000 lorries are still being held up on the road.

The closure of the highway also affected the supply of essential commodities to the Kashmir Valley.

Stocks of vegetables, mutton, chicken, eggs and milk are running low and their prices have soared.

Fresh snowfall and more landslides since Tuesday have dimmed the chances of the highway being re-opened soon.

In December, hundreds of people were stranded on the highway following bad weather.

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