Avalanche warning in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand for next 24 hours

Chandigarh: An avalanche warning was on Saturday issued for higher areas of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, advising people not to venture into these places over the next 24 hours.

The advisory was issued by the Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE), part of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

‘Medium danger’ warning exists for avalanche prone areas in Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipore, Kargil, Shopian, Anantnag, Kulgam, Rajouri, Doda and Poonch districts of Jammu and Kashmir, the advisory said.

For Himachal Pradesh, it said ‘medium danger’ avalanche warning exists in areas of Lahaul and Spiti, Kullu, Chamba and Kinnaur districts.

Similar warning has been issued for areas of Chamoli, Uttarkashi, Rudraprayag and Pithoragarh districts in Uttarakhand.

Pharkian, Z-Gali, Kanzalwan, Banihal Top, Gulmarg, Haddan Taj, Neelam and Dras areas of Jammu and Kashmir witnessed fresh snowfall of 53 cm, 39 cm, 9 cm, 12 cm, 25 cm, 70 cm,43cm and 7 cm respectively during the last 24 hours.

In Himachal Pradesh, Dhundi and Patsio had fresh snowfall of 60 cm and 32 cm while Bahang and Solang Nala witnessed rainfall of 78.6 mm and 70 mm respectively, it said.