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J&K: 60 people feared trapped in snow

Peerzada Ashiq, Hindustan Times   Srinagar, January 18, 2013
First Published: 21:37 IST(18/1/2013) | Last Updated: 11:16 IST(19/1/2013)

A major rescue operation is underway in a remote hilly terrain in south Kashmir's Kulgam district to retrieve at least 60 civilian feared trapped in snow storm and slides triggered after heavy snowfall in the valley since Thursday evening.

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Thye operation was started on Friday afternoon after locals informed district administration about trapped civilians in Kulgam's snow storm prone area of Waltengo, around 70 km south of Srinagar.

"A police team has been sent to rescue 60 civilians in avalanche probe area of Waltengo," said Srinagar-based spokesman DSP Manoj Sheeri.

He said the Kulgam police have rushed a team of 30 personnel to the area where the police fear civilians are trapped.

On February 22, 2005, avalanches and mud slides killed 175 people in Kund and Waltengo Nar villages in Kulgam district. These villages are around 20 km away from Kulgam town and are housed at the foothills of Pir Panjal range. Many villages are situated in the crest of the mountain ridges, making them vulnerable to snow storm and avalanches because of slopes protruding from two sides making wind to whirl and trigger avalanches.

The district administration refused to confirm death of any civilian so far.


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