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Massive avalanche hits Gulmarg, casualties feared

Govt issues avalanche warning for 7 districts of J&K, Ladakh
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SRINAGAR: A number of skiers are believed to be trapped as a massive avalanche hit the upper reaches of Gulmarg in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Wednesday.

“A massive avalanche hit the Afarwat peak at famous ski resort in Gulmarg. Rescue operation has been launched by Baramulla Police along with other agencies. Reports of some skiers being trapped are being corroborated. More details shall follow,” said a police official.

The avalanche was triggered this afternoon.

“Although the things are unclear as of now, it is believed that there are several foreign tourists who might have been swept away by the huge snow mass”, sources said, adding “If it is the case, casualties can’t even be ruled out”.

Unconfirmed reports said that one body has been recovered so far, while another person has been rescued with serious injuries, both of them foreigners.

At least 2 more skiers, also foreigners, are believed to be trapped inside, they said.

The story is being updated.



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