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Three Dead After Avalanche Hits South Kashmir's Pahalgam

Initially, four people aboard a snow clearance machine were trapped under the avalanche that struck on the Pahalgam-Aru road, the officials said.

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Updated:February 2, 2019, 6:18 PM IST
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Srinagar: Three people, who were part of a snow clearance team, died on Friday after coming under an avalanche in Pahalgam area of Jammu and Kashmir's Anantnag district, officials said.

The official said three persons went missing immediately after the avalanche hit a heavy snow-clearance machine on the Pahalgam-Aru road at Gudkhamb point.

The deceased were identified as Javed Ahmed Sheikh from Pahalgam’s Frislan, Ilyas Ahmed Shah from Tral’s Midoora Tral and Abdul Aziz Khatana from Pahalgam’s Manilan.

Initially, four people aboard a snow clearance machine were trapped under the avalanche that struck on the Pahalgam-Aru road, the officials said.

While one person was rescued alive from the debris, a search operation was initated for the three missing persons.

The injured person was taken to a local hospital, the officials said.

Fresh snowfall has resulted in avalanches in hilly areas of Kashmir, prompting authorities to issue an advisory for people to avoid avalanche-prone areas.

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