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One Soldier Killed In Sonamarg, Four Dead In Gurez Sector As Avalanches Hit Kashmir

The authorities in Kashmir have issued avalanche warning for higher reaches of the Valley.

25/01/2017 12:36 PM IST | Updated 25/01/2017 1:49 PM IST
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SRINAGAR -- Four members of a family died on Wednesday as an avalanche buried their house in Gurez sector near the Line of Control in Kashmir.

The avalanche struck at Badoogam village in Tulail area of Gurez in the wee hours and buried the house of Mehraj-ud-Din Lone, a police official said.

He said the house collapsed under the debris of the avalanche resulting in death of 55-year-old Lone, his wife Azizi (50), 22-year-old son Irfan and daughter Gulshan (19).

Lone's another son, Reyaz Ahmad, was rescued by the authorities and admitted to a hospital, the official said.

The authorities in Kashmir have issued avalanche warning for higher reaches of the Valley following fresh snowfall on Tuesday and advised people to stay away from the mountains and foothills.

In the Sonamarg area of Jammu and Kashmir's Ganderbal district, at least five armymen have reportedly been killed when a snow avalanche struck an army camp early on Wednesday morning.

Only one body has been recovered so far. Army sources confirmed that the death toll could rise.

The rescue operation is on to look for survivors. Further details are awaited.

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