Army Post Buried Under Snow in Kargil

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Kargil: An army picket was washed away by a avalanche triggered by rare April snowfall in Kashmir’s Kargil district on Thursday afternoon.

The picket located in Batalik sector of Kargil got buried along with five soldiers, who were deployed at the post. Two of them have been rescued, officials said adding search was on for the three other jawans.

Specially trained and equipped avalanche rescue teams have been employed, tweeted the Army’s Northern Command.

Avalanche warnings were issued earlier today in upper reaches of Jammu and Kashmir by the Chandigarh-based Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment. A part of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), the SASE had said a high-danger avalanche warning was in place for Kargil in Jammu and Kashmir.

“A medium-danger avalanche warning is in place in slopes and areas of Baramulla, Kupwara and Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir,” it said. The warning has been issued for the next 24 hours.

Jammu and Kashmir has received fresh snowfall, rare in the month of April. The residents of Srinagar had woken up to a white blanket across the city.

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