Avalanche alert extended to more areas

Srinagar: With heavy snowfall continuing in most parts of Jammu and Kashmir for the second day Tuesday, authorities extended the high danger avalanche warning to more areas in the higher reaches and asked the people not to venture on steep slopes for the next 24 hours.
“On the basis of information from SASE, State Disaster Management Authority has issued a fresh high danger avalanche warning for hilly areas of Uri, Tangdhar, Ramban, Doda, Kishtwar, Poonch, Rajouri, Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam, Budgam, Ganderbal, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora and Kargil,” an official spokesman said.
He said people living in these snowbound areas have been requested to take precautions and not to venture on steep slopes in the next 24 hours.
Authorities had Monday issued high and moderate danger avalanche warning for hilly areas after most parts of the state experienced heavy snowfall.
Meanwhile, weather office Tuesday predicted moderate to heavy rain or snowfall at most places over Kashmir division and hilly areas of Jammu division.
Light to moderate rain or thundershowers squall accompanied by hail storm would occur at many places in Jammu division, a spokesman of the weather office said.—PTI