SASE issues fresh avalanche warnings in valley

SRINAGAR: At least six army men had a narrow escape Wednesday after an avalanche struck their unit in Machil sector of north Kashmir’s frontier Kupwara district.

Official sources said that the avalanche struck army’s 20 Mahar post. However, minutes before it struck the post, the army men vacated it and escaped towards safety.

However, there was no loss of life or injury to any person in the incident.

Meanwhile, State Disaster Management Authority on Wednesday issued fresh warnings of high to moderate danger avalanche in several parts of Kashmir.

A warning issued jointly by Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) and disaster management cell said high danger avalanches could occur at higher reaches of of Tangmarg and Khilanmarg in north Kashmir.

It said medium danger avalanche could occur at higher reaches of Banihal, Naugam, Kaiyan, Chowkibal, Tangdhar, Macchil, Gurez, Sonamarg, Zojila, Furkiyan, Drass and Kargil in Valley.

A disaster management official said that the warning has been issued keeping in view fresh snowfall expected in the areas. He, however, said there was no real threat to life or property as the avalanches are expected mostly in hilly areas.

“Only two areas come under high danger avalanche warning and they are hilly areas. So there is no need to panic but people are advised to avoid movement during snowfall and not to venture in avalanche prone areas,” he said, adding that the warning will remain in effect for next 24 hours, he said. 

Be Part of Quality Journalism

Quality journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce and despite all the hardships we still do it. Our reporters and editors are working overtime in Kashmir and beyond to cover what you care about, break big stories, and expose injustices that can change lives. Today more people are reading Kashmir Observer than ever, but only a handful are paying while advertising revenues are falling fast.

ACT NOW
MONTHLYRs 100
YEARLYRs 1000
LIFETIMERs 10000

CLICK FOR DETAILS

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

KO SUPPLEMENTS