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Villagers evacuated from avalanche-prone areas in J&K

india Updated: Feb 10, 2010 17:43 IST

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After two incidents of avalanche that claimed 20 lives, authorities on Wednesday shifted hundreds of people from the higher reaches as intense cold conditions revived as night temperature plummeting to sub-zero levels in parts of Jammu and Kashmir.

Although snowfall and rain have abated since the last evening, dozens of families in the high altitude areas of Anantnag, Kupwara and Baramulla and Bandipora districts have been shifted to safer places as a precautionary measure, official sources said.

Over 100 people were shifted from the higher reaches in Jawahar Tunnel along the Srinagar-Jammu national highway in the Peer Panchal range of South Kashmir.

Similarly, over 450 people living in the high-altitude areas near the Line of Control were also evacuated, the sources said. They said 55 people belonging to seven families were shifted from Machi Krant village of Uri Sector, 101 kms from here, in view of possible landslides.

Two major avalanches and several landslides killed 19 securitymen and a civilian and 10 others injured in the valley in the past two days.

Jawahar Tunnel, the gateway to Kashmir, and its peripheral areas witnessed heavy snowfall prompting the authorities to suspend traffic on the highway which connects Kashmir with the rest of the country on February 6.