Srinagar: Authorities in Srinagar on Sunday issued
medium danger avalanche warning in many parts of the Kashmir
Valley including upper reaches of Gulmarg skiing resort
following fresh snowfall there.
"On the basis of inputs received from the Snow and
Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE), medium danger avalanche
warning exists in snowbound areas above 2500 metre altitude",
a senior official said.
He said the areas where possibility of avalanche,
following fresh snowfall, has increased include Anantnag,
Banihal, Kishtwar, Shopian, Kulgam, Pulwama, Gulmarg, Naugam,
Baramula, Uri, Kupwara, Tangdhar, Keran, Machhil, Bandipur,
Gurez, Drass and Kargil.
"People living in these areas are advised not to
venture in steep avalanche prone slopes during till 8:00 pm
tomorrow", the official added.
He also advised the people to keep clearing the snow
from roof tops of their houses to avoid any causality due to
The official said fresh snowfall was experienced in
several areas of north Kashmir.
"At Gulmarg, at least one foot of fresh snowfall has
accumulated while in gurez it has crossed the 14 inch mark.
Snowfall is going on at Kulan (4 inches), Sonamarg (6
inches) and Tangmarg (4 inches)", he said.
The official said the AN-32 Kargil courier service
could not operate due to snowfall at Kargil.
"There is a forecast of snow tomorrow also mostly in
the north Kashmir as well as some parts of Pir Panchal in
south," he added.