Avalanche kills three soldiers in Batalik sector in J&K

RSTV Bureau
Srinagar: A view of the site of severe avalanche that took place in Gurez sector of J & K, Jan 25, 2017. Photo - PTI

File photo of a view of the site where a severe avalanche hit Gurez sector in Jammu and Kashmir on Jan 25, 2017.
Photo – PTI

Three soldiers have been killed in the multiple avalanches that hit an army post at Batalik sector in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ladakh region.

“Unprecedented snowfall triggered multiple avalanches in Batalik Sector yesterday in which a post was buried. Five soldiers were trapped under the snow,” the army official said on Friday.

While two of them were rescued, the others could not be saved despite efforts and their bodies have been recovered, the official said.

Meanwhile, another avalanche hit army posts in Kaksar sector but no casualty was reported there.

“Avalanches hit posts in Kaksar Sector, but all affected soldiers have been safely rescued,” the official said.

Meanwhile flood worries the Kashmir valley eased after the rains relented.

A worried Prime Minister spoke to Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and offered all possible support from the Centre.

“Spoke to J&K CM @MehboobaMufti on the flood situation in the state. Offered all possible support from Centre in dealing with the situation,” PM Modi tweeted.

The water level in river Jhelum and it’s tributaries has begun to recede, confirmed officials.

Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, connecting Kashmir Valley to the rest of the country, remained closed for the third consecutive day today due to landslides triggered by heavy rain and snow in the Valley.

Incessant rainfall in the area along the highway triggered landslides and shooting stones at Seeri, Digdol, Gangroo, Panthyal and Ramsoo.

The Meteorological Department said there were reports of snowfall in some areas in the higher reaches of the Valley.

According to the MET, South Kashmir’s Kokernag area recorded 79.9 mm of rainfall during the night while neighbouring Qazigund and the tourist resort of Pahalgam received 38.2 mm of rain till 08:30 am. Srinagar received 19.5 mm of rains, while Kupwara in north Kashmir recorded 26.3 mm of rainfall, a MET official said.

He also added that the weather is likely to improve soon.

(With inputs from PTI)