3 Army soldiers martyred, 5 people killed in avalanche in Kashmir

Three Indian Army soldiers lost their lives on Tuesday after an avalanche hit their position in the Machil sector in Kupwara district. In another avalanche at Sonmarag in Ganderbal district, at least five people died on Tuesday at Kulan village.

An avalanche hit an army post in the Machil sector along the Line of Control in Kupwara on Tuesday. While three jawans were found dead, two are yet to be traced. Sources in the Army added that multiple avalanches hit the posts in Rampur and Gurez sector in Kashmir.

Rescue operations have been launched by army and police in the hit areas, officials have said.

Last week, an Army porter died and three others were rescued after they were struck by an avalanche along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district.

The avalanche hit a forward location at Shahpur sector, trapping the porters. Army rescue teams immediately swung into action and managed to pull out the porters from the snow, according to officials.

One of them succumbed to injuries while being evacuated to the hospital, the officials said.

High-altitude areas of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh have been experiencing moderate to heavy snowfall, while the plains were lashed by rains.

Authorities in Ladakh had issued a low-danger avalanche warning in various areas and asked people to avoid venturing into the avalanche-prone areas, an official said.

Quoting a communication from the Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE), the official said low-level avalanche warning had been issued from Tuesday-Wednesday evening for various areas, including Leh.

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He appealed to the people to be cautious and avoid venturing in the avalanche-prone areas.