In a fresh spell of avalanche on Saturday, five army personnel were trapped under snow in Macchil sector along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir after the track leading to their post caved in. As many as 21 persons, including 15 army men, have been killed since Wednesday due to avalanches and snowfall-related incidents in Kashmir Valley.
“The snow track leading to an army post caved in at Macchil this morning, resulting in five soldiers getting trapped under the snow,” officials said.
As per the latest reports, rescue operations have been launched to save the soldiers.
Late on Friday, authorities had issued a high danger avalanche warning in hilly parts of snow-bound Kashmir Valley in view of fresh snowfall.
Earlier, 15 soldiers were killed near the Line of Control (LoC) after back to back avalanches hit the Gurez sector on Wednesday. So far 21 people, including an old person have been killed in the avalanches. The 60-year-old was killed after he came under an avalanche in Uri sector of Baramulla district.
According to the met department, cold climatic conditions will prevail in Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh.
The Jammu-Srinagar highway has been shut due to recurrent landslides and avalanches. A fresh avalanche in Banihal disrupted the work of the Border Roads Organisation that is busy clearing blockades due to snowfall in a bid to restore traffic on the highway.
Several avalanches hit the highway at Shatani Nallah area in Banihal belt of Ramban district today. A number of landslides were also triggered by heavy rains in Banihal- Ramban sector.
(With inputs from the PTI)