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Death toll of soldiers in Kashmir Avalanche mounts to 14

January 27, 2017 11:40 AM |

Avalanche hits army base camp in Jammu and Kashmir

Weather conditions in the Kashmir valley have been wreaking havoc over life and property.

Heavy rain and snow had been disrupting the lives of the residents of Jammu and Kashmir. So much so that due to heavy rainfall and snow, a series of avalanches had hit the Kashmir valley.

These avalanches hit the army post in Gurez sector claiming lives of several soldiers including a major. While the death toll was 10 until yesterday, four more bodies have been recovered today due to which the number has risen to 14. All these men belonged to the 51 Rashtriya Rifles.

The rescue teams are on their way doing the best they can, however, due to bad weather, the progress continues to be slow.
Last year, an avalanche had hit the Siachen Glacier where at least ten soldiers had lost their lives. Now, the weather conditions are expected to clear up as the Western Disturbance is moving away.

Jan 26, 2017 03:00 PM


Heavy snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir and other parts of the Western Himalayas has resulted in an avalanche. The avalanche hit an army base camp in Sonamarg, Jammu and Kashmir region. The body of a jawan has also been recovered following the avalanche.

As per sources from the Indian Army, the death toll is expected to rise even further. Skymet Weather had already provided an alert regarding the possibility of avalanches in the higher reaches of Jammu and Kashmir and adjoining areas.

These weather conditions are attributed to the presence of a very active Western Disturbance which has been resulting in heavy rain and snow over the hilly states of North India.

It is not the first avalanche that has hit the Jammu and Kashmir region in the last 24 hours. In fact, another avalanche was observed last night in Budugam in Gurez sector in the Bandipora district last night due to which at least four people were buried alive.  Rescue teams had rushed to the area, as per reports.

As per Skymet Weather, heavy to very heavy rainfall along with snow is expected to continue during the next 24 hours as well. In fact, the possibility of avalanches during the above-mentioned period also cannot be ruled out.

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