Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today expressed condolences on the death of at least ten jawans in two avalanches in an army camp of the 51 RR in Gurez sector in Kashmir last night. As per reports not less than six jawans have already been rescued while some army personnel are still missing.
Heartfelt condolences to families of our Armymen who have lost their lives in avalanches in J&K in the past two days.
— Manohar Parrikar (@manoharparrikar) January 26, 2017
In a tweet, the defence minister said, ” Heartfelt condolences to families of our Armymen who have lost their lives in avalanches in J&K in the past two days”.
Earlier there was a report that a BSF post was hit by the avalanche which was clarified by the army later. As per media reports, one army personnel was also missing after snowslide hit the army camp at Sonamarg in Ganderbal district.
At least four members of a family were also killed after an Avalanche struck their home in Badoogam village of Gurez sector. According to Kashmir Divisional Commissioner Bashir Ahmed, the warning for Avalanche was already issued but because of bad luck avalanche struck and the family came under the tragedy.
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The avalanche buried the house in Gurez sector near the Line of Control in Kashmir. The avalanche had struck in the wee hours and buried the house of Mehraj-ud-Din Lone, a police official revealed. 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 other son, Reyaz Ahmad, was rescued by the authorities and admitted to a hospital, the official said.
(With inputs from ANI)