Avalanche hits Turtuk in Leh, jawan goes missing

SRINAGAR: A soldier is missing and another is in critical condition after an Army patrol party was hit by an avalanche in Leh’s Turtuk on Friday morning.

The Army has launched a search operation for the missing soldier.

A ‘medium danger’ avalanche warning was issued for the higher areas of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday morning and people were advised to not venture into these areas.

The advisory, issued by the Chandigarh-based Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment that comes under the ministry of defence, will remain effective for 24 hours beginning 5pm Friday.

A ‘medium danger’ avalanche warning is issued for avalanche prone areas situated at an altitude of above 3,000 metres. This includes places like Kupwara, Baramula, Bandipur, Kargil and Gandarbal districts of Jammu and Kashmir, the advisory said.