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Indian Air Force rescues 11 civilians

Last Updated: Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 17:52

Srinagar: The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Sunday
rescued 11 civilians from Sonamarg area of Ganderbal district
in Kashmir as authorities issued a fresh avalanche warning in
the area.

On the instructions of Divisional Commissioner Kashmir,
Asgar Samoon, IAF airlifted 11 civilians from Sonamarg to Gund
town of Ganderbal as there was a possibility of fresh
avalanche striking the area, an official spokesman said.
All the civilians have been evacuated out of Sonamarg and
adjoining snow-bound areas, he said.

Sonamarg has been the site of one of the two massive
avalanches that hit army camps in Kashmir on Wednesday.

Three soldiers were killed when a massive avalanche hit
an army camp at Sonamarg and another massive avalanche hit the
headquarters of 109 Infantry Brigade at Dawar area of Gurez
sector, near LoC, in Bandipora district on Wednesday night
resulting in the death of 14 soldiers while two others are
still missing.

Meanwhile, the search operation for the two missing
jawans in Gurez continued for the fourth day today, defence
sources said.

Sources said inclement weather was hampering the search
for the two jawans, who remain buried under 18 feet of snow.


First Published: Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 12:55

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