Kashmir Avalanche: Army Officer Among Five Dead, 8 Rescued
One army officer has died following an avalanche near a camp in Sonamarg area in Ganderbal district, while four members of a family were buried alive on Wednesday in Gurez sector near the Line of Control in Kashmir.
Srinagar: One army officer has died following an avalanche near a camp in Sonamarg area in Ganderbal district, while four members of a family were buried alive on Wednesday in Gurez sector near the Line of Control in Kashmir.
A police official said eight army men who were earlier reported to have been trapped have been rescued successfully during the operation.
In a separate incident, an avalanche struck at Badoogam village in Tulail area of Gurez in the wee hours and buried the house of Mehraj-ud-Din Lone, a police official said.
#UPDATE: Avalanche hits army camp in Sonamarg (J&K), body of a jawan recovered. Army sources say death toll could rise— ANI (@ANI_news) January 25, 2017
He said the house collapsed under the debris of the avalanche resulting in death of 55-year-old Lone, his wife Azizi (50), 22-year-old son Irfan and daughter Gulshan (19).
Lone's another son, Reyaz Ahmad, was rescued by the authorities and admitted to a hospital, the official said.
The authorities in Kashmir have issued avalanche warning for higher reaches of the Valley following fresh snowfall on Tuesday and advised people to stay away from the mountains and foothills.
Operations at Srinagar airport suspended following heavy snowfall— ANI (@ANI_news) January 25, 2017
Meanwhile, all flights to and from the Srinagar International Airport remained suspended due to heavy snowfall.
(With PTI Inputs)
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