High-danger warning issued for avalanche in Kashmir

Authorities issued a high- danger avalanche warning in some areas close of Line of Control in Kashmir, even as medium avalanche threat continues in several other areas of the Valley due to snowfall.

Updated: Feb 07, 2011, 20:39 PM IST

Srinagar: Authorities on Monday issued a high-
danger avalanche warning in some areas close of Line of
Control in Kashmir, even as medium avalanche threat continues
in several other areas of the Valley due to snowfall.

"A high danger avalanche warning exists for Duddhi,
Macchil and SM Hill areas in north Kashmir," an official of
the Disaster Management Cell said.

He said the warning was issued in view of the fresh
snowfall in most parts of the Kashmir Valley including summer
capital Srinagar, where rains through the day were
interspersed by brief snowfall.
Medium danger avalanche warning has been issued for
Khilanmarg, higher reaches of Gulmarg, Uri and Baaz areas in
Baramulla district.

A similar warning was issued yesterday for Keran,
Guguldara, Razdan Pass, Knazalwan in Kupwara district and
three-kilometres on either side of Jawahar Tunnel in south
Kashmir Anantnag district and Ramban district, the official
said.

Sonamarg Zojila, Gumri, Kargil, Drass, Padum, Bhimbet,
Kaksar and Hundbrook areas along Srinagar-Leh highway have
also been placed under medium warning category, he added.
"People living in these areas are advised to avoid
movement during snowfall and avoid steep slopes," he said,
adding that people are advised not to venture towards
avalanche prone areas.

The avalanche warnings are valid for the next 24 hours
when the situation will be reviewed, he said.

Five persons were killed in Batalik sector of Kargil
yesterday after sliding of rocks caused by heavy snowfall. One
BSF porter was also killed in Gurez sector of Bandipora
district in an avalanche.

PTI