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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