Avalanche kills elderly man, soldiers’ death toll 14

Srinagar/Bandipora/Baramulla: Four more bodies of soldiers were retrieved from snow in Bandipora’s Gurez on Friday while a fresh avalanche hit a civilian in Uri climbing the death toll to 21.
An army spokesman said 14 soldiers were killed in series of avalanches that struck their installations in Gurez on January 25. “Army lost 14 soldiers in avalanches in Gurez. Four more bodies were recovered today and the rescue operation has been called off,” Defence spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia told Kashmir Reader. Bodies of 10 soldiers were recovered yesterday after avalanches hit them at two separate places in Gurez valley.
“Arrangement are being made to bring their mortal remain to Srinagar and sent to their native places,” he said.
The General officer commanding-in-Chief Lt Gen D Anbu expressed condolences to the families of deceased.
A man was killed due to avalanche in Baramulla’s Uri area. An official said an avalanche hit Fatah Mohammad Mughal son of Mutwali Mughal on Thursday evening in Lachipora area of border town Uri when he was repairing a water pipeline in snow-clad hills. The divisional administration altered people of avalanche warning in the higher reaches of Kashmir.
Meanwhile, the weather improved in the Valley today paving way to resumption of flight operations at Srinagar Airport. Aerial traffic to and from Srinagar was suspended for last three days due to heavy snowfall. But the traffic on Srinagar-Jammu highway continued to remain suspended on the fourth consecutive day.
SSP Traffic police Fayaz Lone said stranded vehicles consisting of nearly 200 heavy motor vehicles would be cleared tonight.
“Subject to clear weather, traffic will be allowed to ply from Jammu to Srinagar on Saturday,” he said.
Meanwhile, a police handout said ten residential houses were damaged due to heavy snowfall in the Valley. Two residential houses belonging to Ghulam Ahmad Dar and Abdul Hamid of Ladoora Sopore got damaged after a tree fell on them due to snowfall.
In Kupwara, a joint residential house of Bashir Ahmad Kar and Asha Begum of Tikipora got damaged due to heavy snowfall.
In Budgam, building of Government Middle School Sapplan and old building of Primary School Dalwash got damaged due to heavy snow fall.
In Kulgam, four residential houses belonging to Ghulam Hassan Gojri resident of Gujjar Basi Avil, Mushtaq Ahmad Ganie, Ghulam Mohi-ud-din Baba of K.B Pora and Ghulam Rasool  Magray resident of Watto got damaged to due snow. Besides, a Government Middle School Hakradan and a residential house belonging to Dilshada of Nigenpora in Qazigund were also damaged due to snow.
Inundation of the city roads caused by the melting of snow has resulted in severe hardships to the Srinagarities saying, that the administration has ignored them at fronts.
Incessant snow led to inundation in several parts of Srinagar causing inconvenience to commuters.

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