An avalanche hit a security installation of Army’s 20-Dogra regiment in Kupwara’s Nowgam sector that swept two soldiers who are missing till reports came in. Police said rescue operations are underway to locate them, while defence authorities fear they are dead.
In Bandipora’s Gurez sector, an avalanche swept through a security installation manned by 36 Rashtriya Rifles in the Baktoor region, killing three soldiers, confirmed defence sources.
Army porter Ghulam Qadir Khan, a resident of Tulail’s Kilshey village in Gurez, fell to death after slipping from a height during Snowfall, said police. Khan was part of a four-member group, the rest of which skidded to safety, cops added.
The valley experienced the season’s first snowfall on Monday. Since that evening, the upper reaches received fresh snow, triggering multiple avalanches in north Kashmir.
The meteorological department recorded about six inches of snowfall at Gulmarg — the popular ski resort of Kashmir — till 8.30am on Monday morning. Pahalgam in south Kashmir received three inches of snow and Tosamaidan six inches.
The valley received more snowfall coupled with heavy rain on Tuesday, forcing shut the Srinagar-Jammu highway for the second consecutive day. Heavy Snowfall on Razdan Top and Gurez valley disrupted traffic movement on the Mughal Road and the Bandipora-Gurez road, while inclement weather also suspended chopper services in Katra.
“The Jammu-Srinagar highway that links the rest of India with Kashmir was closed for vehicular traffic as a precautionary measure, following heavy snowfall at both sides of the Jawahar Tunnel, Banihal, Patnitop and Ramban, and landslides triggered at Pathiyal on Tuesday morning,” said Ramban SSP Mohan Lal.
Traffic advisories have been issued to travellers planning to use the highway and they have been asked to contact the traffic control room before setting off on their journey, Lal added.
The Mughal road, which connects Jammu’s Poonch and Rajouri districts with Kashmir’s Shopian, also remained shut due to snowfall on Peer ki Gali and higher reaches en route to Kashmir. The battery car track to Shri Mata Cave shrine in Trikuta Hills was closed for pilgrims in view of heavy rain, imminent hailstorms and landslides.
Due to heavy snowfall in the upper reaches of Jammu’s Doda, Kishtwar, Ramban, Kathua, Rajouri, Reasi and Poonch districts, some inter-district and inter-state roads were also closed for vehicular traffic.
Source : timesofindia