Avalanche in Kashmir’s Kinnaur leaves one soldier dead, 5 remained trapped

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Shimla, Feb 20 : A soldier was killed and five others are still trapped when an avalanche hit them in Namgya region Jammu and Kashmir’s Kinnaur district on Wednesday.

The rescue operation by ITBP and district police is underway.

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan has on Tuesday issued fresh avalanche warning for nine avalanche prone districts of Kashmir division.

The warning has been issued for the avalanche prone areas in district Anantnag, Kulgam, Budgam, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Kargil and Leh of J&K state.

People living in avalanche prone areas not to venture out to avoid the loss of lives

The snowfall has cut off the region, closing the airport and roads. For now the rescuers are able to search for more people, as weather permits.

In January 2017, as many as 20 soldiers died in avalanches in Gurez and Machchal sectors.

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