Fresh Avalanches In J&K: Death Toll Climbs To 20

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Update: Several avalanches and landslides hit the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway on Friday even as the death toll in the series of snow slides that have hit Jammu and Kashmir crossed 20 with the recovery of the bodies of four soldiers.

The fresh avalanche in Banihal disrupted the work of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) that is busy clearing blockades due to snowfall in a bid to restore traffic on the highway which is closed for the third consecutive day today.

Update: Army lost 14 of its valiant soldiers in the avalanche; We pray for the departed souls: Rajesh Kalia, Defence spokesperson

Srinagar: Bodies of four missing soldiers were recovered on Friday from avalanche-hit Gurez sector, taking the death toll in the incident to 14, police claimed.

“Four bodies of soldiers were recovered from the avalanche site by rescue teams in Gurez on Friday. The death toll of army personnel has now risen to 14,” a police official said.

Two avalanches hit army personnel in Gurez sector on Wednesday evening trapping several soldiers under the debris.

While seven personnel were rescued alive by the teams, bodies of 10 soldiers were recovered on Thursday.

Meanwhile, a 60-year-old man died after he came under an avalanche in Uri sector of Baramulla district.

Fateh Mohammad Mughal ventured out of his home last evening when he came under an avalanche.

Local residents and police pulled Mughal out of the avalanche debris and removed him to a nearby hospital where doctors declared him dead on arrival.

More than 20 persons, including 15 army personnel, have died in avalanches since Wednesday caused by fresh snowfall across Kashmir over the past four days.

Authorities have issued a high danger avalanche warning in hilly parts of snow-bound Kashmir Valley in view of fresh snowfall.

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