5 soldiers rescued from snow succumb

5 soldiers rescued from snow succumb

Wet weather till Sunday: MeT  
By Riyaz Bhat
Srinagar: Five soldiers who were rescued from an avalanche in Machil two days ago succumbed on Monday, taking the death toll in last week’s snow avalanches to 20.
An army spokesperson said that despite specialized treatment, the soldiers could not survive.
“The five soldiers who had been trapped under snow on a track in Machil on January 28 were rescued after a gruelling daylong mission but unfortunately they succumbed to injuries today,” he said.
Meanwhile, the moral remains of the 14 soldiers who died in two separate avalanches in Gurez valley were brought to Srinagar on Monday.
“The mortal remains of the soldiers will be taken to their native places tomorrow for last rites,” he added.
Meanwhile, the metrological department (MET) has predicted wet weather till Sunday.  For next 24 hours, Kashmir is likely to moderate to light receive snow and rain.
Both the surface and aerial links to Kashmir were open today. The Srinagar-Jammu highway was through for traffic while flight operations were partially disrupted. Traffic police said only one-way traffic would be allowed from Jammu to Srinagar on Tuesday subject to clear weather.
“Movement of LMVs/passenger vehicles/Tankers shall be allowed from Nagrota (Jammu) from 5 hours up to 11 hours and from Udhampur up to 1300 hours only. However, the movement of HMVs (excluding trailers/multi-axle vehicles) including convoys of army, BSF, CRPF etc. shall be allowed from Nagrota (Jammu) from 6am hours up to 10am and from Udhampur up to 12.30pm. Today 1700 light motor vehicles, 1850 trucks, 175 tankers, 38 buses and 120 vehicles of central reserve police forces (CRPF) were allowed to ply on the roads,” traffic police said.

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