Snow avalanche hits army post in J&K, 1 dead, another injured

Srinagar :  An Army man was killed and another injured after an avalanche hit an army post in Sawjian sector of Poonch district in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday.

Official sources said that an army post of 40 RR came under an avalanche today morning at KK Galki, forward area in Sawjian sector along the line of control. Two soldiers came under the avalanche, they said.

“A search operation was started immediately and the duo trapped under the snow was evacuated,” they said. However, one died on the spot and another sepoy Harpreet Singh of Punjab was taken to nearby army’s health facility for treatment, they said.

The deceased has been identified as Lance Naik Sapan Mehra of Kangra, Himachal Pradesh. Station House Officer (SHO), Mandi, Anil Sharma also confirmed the incident, according to report.

Earlier, the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, issued an avalanche warning from January 02, 2019 (1700 hrs) to January 3, 2019 (1700 hrs) in avalanche prone areas of Bandipora, Baramulla, Islamabad, Kulgam, Budgam, Kupwara, Ganderbal, Leh and Kargil districts of Kashmir Division.

The Deputy Commissioners of the concerned districts have been asked to advise people not to venture out in avalanche prone areas during the period. Besides, the DCs have also been asked to take precautionary measures and to keep the SDRF, Police, para-medical staff with ambulances in readiness to avert any untoward incident.

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