Srinagar, Dec 13: Search operations continued for the second day on Wednesday to rescue five soldiers, who went missing after heavy snowfall near Line of Control (LoC) in north Kashmir, where authorities have issued avalanche warning for next 24 hours.
A number of rescue teams are on the job to trace five soldiers who are missing after snow, a defence ministry spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said.
Meanwhiile, in view of the heavy snowfall on upper reaches, the authorities have issued avalanche warning for border town of Gurez, while a porter died after fall from a mountain top recently.
Col Kalia said that a snow avalanche hit Army’s Mani Post at Bagtoo in Gurez in which three soldiers were buried yesterday. He said search and rescue operation was immediately launched in the area despite continued snowfall to trace the missing soldiers.
He said two soldiers, who were part of a party, patrolling forward areas in Nowgam sector in Kupwara district, slipped from a mountain.
He said searches continued at both the places to rescue the soldiers despite intermittent snowfall for the past two days.
A porter working with Army slipped to death from a mountain top due to slippery conditions following fresh snowfall in border town of Gurez on Monday.
As many as 14 soldiers were killed in January this year in two snow avalanches which hit an Army post and patrol party in Gurez sector.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Bandipora, has issued weather advisory, in the aftermath of rains and snowfall in the district. He asked locals in border towns of Gurez and Tulail areas not to venture in avalanche prone areas till the weather conditions become favourable. However, he said, in case of any emergency, extra precautions should be taken to avoid any accident.
The DC also asked the Sub District Magistrate (SDM) Gurez to take all precautionary measures in coordination with the concerned Departments for safeguard of the general public.