Death toll of soldiers in Kashmir avalanche climbs to 14

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Jammu, Jan 27, 2017: The army has on Friday recovered four more bodies from avalanche site Kashmir’s Gurez sector taking the death toll of soldiers to 14.

The authorities have sent out a fresh advisory for the people leaving in nearby areas.

Earlier on Thursday, at least 10 jawans were killed and six others were rescued after two avalanches hit an army camp of the 51 RR in Gurez sector in Jammu and Kashmir.

The army official said after the incident that “An avalanche hit an army camp in Gurez sector of Bandipora district near the Line of Control last evening in which several soldiers were trapped. Rescue operations were launched and seven soldiers including a Junior Commissioned Officer were saved.”

“Bodies of three soldiers were retrieved his morning,” he said, adding another avalanche hit a patrol party which was on its way to a post in Gurez sector last evening.

After the incident, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his condolence on twitter:

The twin incidents happened barely hours after an Army major was killed in Ganderbal district, also in an avalanche.

Kashmir has been witnessing one of the severest winters since 2006 and 1992, with heavy snow across the territory and temperature dropping to minus 7 degrees Celsius.

Wefornews Bureau

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