Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Kashmir: the avalanche season

Official sources told The Hindu that Naik Vijay Pratap and Dharmendra Singh of the Army were killed when their shed collapsed under an avalanche at their camp at Batra in Drass area of Kargil. Three Nepalese workers died when their stone quarrying site caved in near Kargil due to heavy snowfall.

A Gujjar family's hutment collapsed at Balsaran in Damhal Hanjipora foothills of Pir Panjal mountain range, killing three inmates — Rashid Gorsi (24), Talib Gorsi (12) and Altaf Gorsi. Nine members of the family sustained injuries and were evacuated. Three women — Rehti of Manigam Qazigund, Jana of Badipora Chadoora and Fazi of Kansu Shopian —died when their houses collapsed. Manzoor Ahmad of Kadalbal Pampore, who was on his way from Ramsu to Ramban, was killed in a landslip in Panthal on Srinagar-Jammu highway.

About 100 people have been evacuated from Waltengo Naar and other hamlets of the Pir Panjal foothills to safer places in Kulgam, Anantnag, Shopian and Rajouri districts. Sources said that over 200 cattle perished in different incidents. 


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