Avalanche hits north Kashmir villages

A massive avalanche has hit three villages in north Kashmir`s Bandipora district, damaging 11 houses and two school buildings, police said.

Updated: Feb 28, 2012, 16:45 PM IST

Srinagar: A massive avalanche has hit three
villages in north Kashmir`s Bandipora district, damaging 11
houses and two school buildings, police said on Tuesday.

The fresh avalanche hit Abdulan, Chakwali and Malangam
villages of Tulail near Line of Control in Bandipora district
last night.

Though no one was hurt in the incident, the avalanche
damaged 11 houses and two school buildings in the area, police
said.

The hilly regions of the Kashmir Valley have been hit by a
spate of avalanches over the last fortnight, including two
massive avalanches which swept over army camps in central
Kashmir`s Sonamarg and north Kashmir Gurez region, killing 19
soldiers.

The avalanches have also extensively damaged the fence
on the Line of Control, which was meant to deter infiltration
of militants into the Valley.

PTI