Avalanche strikes Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam: 10 cops trapped

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Srinagar, Feb 8 : At least 10 policemen were feared trapped inside their post after an avalanche struck near the police post in Jawahar Tunnel area in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam district. The avalanche hit the north portal of Jawahar Tunnel on the Qazigund side on Thursday evening.

As per an official, 10 other policemen posted at the post near the tunnel were reported to be safe. “Police rescue teams and other concerned agencies have been rushed to the site,” he added

Kashmir Valley has been witnessing heavy snowfall since Wednesday and south Kashmir’s Kulgam district has received maximum precipitation in the previous 24 hours.
A total of 78 families were shifted to safer places from avalanche prone areas of Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Thursday, officials said.

The authorities said 60 families from Waltangoo Nar and 18 from Nageenpora Kund were taken to safer places by the police and civil administration as heavy snowfall hit the Valley on Thursday.

Following the snowfall, the provincial administration in the Valley issued an avalanche danger warning in the higher areas.

A massive avalanche in February 2005 devastated the lives of dozens of families in Waltangoo Nar area.

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