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Avalanches strike Gurez area in Kashmir, 1 killed

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 11:30

Srinagar: One person was killed while two
others were trapped under heaps of snow as two avalanches
struck Gurez area near the Line of Control in Bandipora
district of Kashmir.

A civilian vehicle with five persons on board including
the driver were caught in the avalanches which struck at
around 7.00 pm Monday evening on Kanzalwan road in Gurez, 124 kms
from here, a defence spokesman said.
He said three persons were pulled out alive from the
avalanche by a joint rescue team of civil administration and
Army while two persons were still trapped.

One of the rescued persons succumbed to injuries later,
the spokesman said, adding efforts were on to trace the other
two persons.

Air Force helicopters have been kept on standby for
evacuating the injured, an official of the Natural Disaster
Management Cell said. He said heavy rains in the area were
hampering the rescue efforts.

A massive avalanche struck 109 Infantry Brigade of the
Army in Dawar area of Gurez last month, killing 16 soldiers.


First Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 11:30
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