Landslides interrupt Tibet-Nepal road traffic

Heavy winds and snow have halted traffic on a section of road in west China’s Tibet autonomous region, and traffic is expected to resume in at least three days, local police said Friday.

As of 1 p.m. Friday, hundreds of tourists and about 150 vehicles were stopped in Zham township in Nyalam county due to landslides on China National Highway 318, said Zhang Min, a traffic officer at the scene.

National Highway 318, which runs from the regional capital of Lhasa to the Nepalese capital of Kathmandu, was blocked by snow- and wind-triggered landslides early Thursday morning.

No casualties have been reported.

Road maintenance workers equipped with three bulldozers were working to clear the road.

Meanwhile, rescuers were making efforts to open a stretch of sidewalk by Friday afternoon, and traffic on the road is expected to fully resume in at least three days, said Zhang.

Xinhua