J&K authorities extend avalanche warning
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Last Updated: Sunday, February 05, 2012, 17:29
  
Srinagar: Authorities here on Sunday extended the medium avalanche warning in areas close to mountainous areas of the Kashmir valley following fresh snowfall over the past 36 hours.

"On the basis of information received from Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE), the Coordinator Divisional Disaster Management Cell has issued medium danger Avalanche warning for the next 24 hours upto 5.00pm tomorrow," an official spokesman said.

He said the avalanche warning has been issued in the snowbound hilly areas of Khilanmarg, Gulmarg, Uri in Baramulla district, Chowkibal, Tangdhar in Kupwara district, Gurez in Bandipora district, Pulwama Shopian and Kulgam in south Kashmir.

A similar alert has been issued in Kishtwar and Banihal areas, south of Pir Panjal Range, and Zojila and Sonamarg on Srinaar-Leh road, he added.

"People living in these areas have been advised not to venture in steep avalanche prone slopes during above mentioned period. They are also advised to keep cleaning the snow from roof top of their houses to avoid any causality due to roof collapse," the spokesman said.

He said people living near the forests have been advised not to go for collection of firewood, as there is apprehension of avalanche.

Moderate snowfall has been going on intermittently across Kashmir valley including summer capital Srinagar since Friday evening.

Authorities on Friday issued a medium danger avalanche warning in some areas of north Kashmir but it was extended to other areas of the valley following fresh snowfall yesterday.

PTI


First Published: Sunday, February 05, 2012, 17:29


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