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Four Soldiers Among 9 Killed as Heavy Snowfall Triggers Avalanches in Parts of Kashmir

The Army launched rescue operations and traced four of the soldiers. While three of them were declared dead, another was injured and is being treated at a local military facility, the sources said.

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Updated:January 14, 2020, 10:30 PM IST
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Four Soldiers Among 9 Killed as Heavy Snowfall Triggers Avalanches in Parts of Kashmir
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Srinagar: Nine people, including four soldiers, were killed in three avalanches in Jammu and Kashmir since Monday night, police and defence sources said.

An avalanche hit an Army post in Machil sector along the Line of Control on Tuesday, trapping five soldiers. A rescue operation was launched and four soldiers traced.

While three of them were declared dead, another was injured and was undergoing treatment at a local military facility, the sources said, adding efforts are on to trace the missing soldier.

Another avalanche struck a village in Gagangir area of Ganderbal district on Monday night in which five civilians were killed while four others were rescued, police said.

In the third incident, a 29-year-old BSF jawan was killed and six others were rescued after an avalanche hit their post along the LoC in Kashmir's Naugam sector at 8:30 pm on Monday.

Officials identified the deceased as constable Ganga Bara of the 77th battalion of the force.

"There were a total of seven troops deployed in the affected area. While six were safely rescued, constable Bara could not be revived even after much effort," a senior officer of the border guarding force said.

The jawan hails from the Jalpaiguri district of West Bengal and had joined the BSF in 2011.

The Border Security Force (BSF) is deployed along the LoC under the operational command of the Army as part of guarding the front against Pakistan.

Three killed in Himachal Pradesh

Three people were killed in landslides while an elderly person was buried alive in an avalanche after recent snowfall and showers in parts of Himachal Pradesh on Tuesday, officials said on Tuesday.

Police said Tilak Raj of Panela Bhariya and Radha of Tanuai were killed in a landslide in Chamba's Gagla. Raj's wife Kajal sustained injuries.

Rakesh Kumar (32) died in a landslide at Triveni Ghat in Holi falling under the Bharmour police station.

Police said he was sleeping in a serai when the incident took place.

In another incident, an elderly person was buried alive in an avalanche in Himachal Pradesh's Lahaul and Spiti.

Navang Chhopail (65) died in the avalanche near Pyaso village, Spiti SDM Amar Negi said.

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