Avalanche Warning Issued in J&K

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Jammu: An avalanche warning was issued on Saturday for higher areas of Jammu & Kashmir, advising people not to venture in these areas over the next 48 hours. The advisory was issued by Chandigarh-based Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment — a part of the Defence Research and Development Organization here.

“Medium danger” avalanche warning exists for avalanche prone areas above 3,000 metres altitude in Baramula, Kupwara, Bandipur, Kargil, Rajouri, Gandarbal, Doda, Poonch, Riyasi, Ramban districts of Jammu & Kashmir, the advisory said.

Pharkian, Z-Gali, Banihal Top, Gulmarg, Haddan Taj and Neelam areas of Jammu & Kashmir witnessed fresh snowfall of 66cm, 41cm, 6cm, 43cm, 28cm and 35cm, respectively during last 24 hours.

In Himachal Pradesh, Dhundi and Patsio experienced fresh snowfall of 15cm and 7cm while Bahang and Solang Nala had witnessed rainfall of 20mm and 15mm, respectively, it said.