Wednesday, 25 January 2017

JUST IN | Avalanche in Kashmir Claims Lives of Nine

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An avalanche in Bandipora’s Gurez area today has claimed the lives of nine people including five soldiers, while four other soldiers remain trapped beneath the snowslide. 

According to a spokesperson, the soldiers were killed when the avalanche hit an army installation near Sonamarg, where more than five feet of snow has accumulated. Four others are missing, preliminary reports suggest.

An official revealed that the soldiers' bodies have been recovered, adding that a major rescue operation is on in the area to locate the survivors.

Besides, four civilians were killed in another avalanche in Bandipora’s Gurez area.

“Four people died in the avalanche that struck Gurez’s Budugam on Tuesday night. A rescue operation has been launched with the help of the police and the Army," sub-district magistrate Gurez Rouf-ur-Rehman said.

The bodies of Habibulah (50), Azizi (48), Gulshan Bano (19) and Irfan (17) have been recovered.

Kashmir has been witnessing heavy snowfall since Tuesday.  Warnings of avalanches in higher reaches of north and south Kashmir have already been issued by the divisional administration in the regions.

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