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Authorities warn off avalanche in high altitude JK areas

india Updated: Feb 13, 2009 03:24 IST
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As there is a possibility of avalanche in the state in the next 24 hours, authorities in Srinagar have appealed to the people living in the avalanche-prone areas of Bandipor, Kupwara, Ganderbal, Baramulla and Kargil districts to move cautiously in the high altitude areas.

Due to weather conditions after recent snowfall, there was a possibility of medium and low intensity avalanche from February 11 to February 12, a spokesman of the Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) said today.

He said there is a danger of medium avalanche in Bandipor-Gurez-Niru road, Furkian-Keran, Machhil-Dhundhi, Chowkibal-Tanghdar road, Gangangir-Shitkari bridge and surrounding areas, while danger of low avalanche prevails in Baaz-Uri, Drass-Thasgam-Kharbu and surrounding areas.

The disaster management cell of Divisional Commissioner Kashmir has accordingly informed people living in these areas to venture out with extreme caution, Coordinator Disaster Management Aamir Ali said.

Meanwhile, most areas of the state experienced warmer nights as the minimum temperature increased by a few notches.

Barring Kokernag and Kupwara, which recorded a low of minus 1.2 and minus 0.1 Degrees Celsius, the night temperatures showed upward trend in rest of the state with Jammu recording a low of 10.7 followed by Katra at 9.4 and Banihal and Srinagar 2.0 and 0.3 respectively.