Four members of a family were buried alive today as an avalanche buried their house in Gurez sector near the Line of Control in Kashmir, and also a soldier from the Indian army.
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.
After the avalanche hit the army camp in Sonamarg, one body has been recovered though toll is expected to rise.
#UPDATE: Avalanche hits army camp in Sonamarg (J&K), body of a jawan recovered. Army sources say death toll could rise— ANI (@ANI_news) January 25, 2017
The authorities in Kashmir have issued avalanche warning for higher reaches of the Valley following fresh snowfall yesterday and advised people to stay away from the mountains and foothills.
More details are awaited.
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