JAMMU: Governor N N Vohra and Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti have expressed shock and grief over the death of soldiers who were buried alive at Gurez, when two snow avalanches hit them. Mufti has also conveyed her sympathies with the families of these soldiers.
An official spokesman said Mufti has directed the divisional and district administration to coordinate with the army authorities and speed up rescue operations for tracing the other missing soldiers.
The Chief Minister has also directed the Bandipora district administration to ensure that all precautionary measures are taken in avalanche prone areas, particularly in Gurez to avoid any fatalities.
A Raj Bhavan spokesperson said that Governor Vohra has expressed grief over the death of Major Amit Sagar, who died when an avalanche struck the Territorial Army Camp in Sonamarg area, and ten soldiers after two avalanches hit army posts and patrols in Gurez in north Kashmir.
The governor spoke to Lt. Gen J S Sandhu, GOC XV Corps, to convey his sympathy to the families of the officer and soldiers and wished early recovery of the soldiers who had been buried under the snow. The Governor had spoken with Lt. Gen. Sandhu Wednesday about the Davar Brigade providing the maximum possible help to the villagers in the Gurez Valley who were facing severe difficulties because of the very heavy snow in the area.
Expressing grief over the loss of civilian lives in another avalanche in the Tulail area the Governor conveyed sympathy to the family members of those killed and prayed for peace to the departed souls.
The spokesperson said that the governor has reiterated his concern about the crucial importance of the divisional and district administrations issuing timely warnings to the public and to all concerned echelons on the basis of forecasts and avalanche warnings which are received everyday from the Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) and Indian Meteorological Department. The spokesperson also reiterated the governor’s concern about the need to have a functioning Disaster Management set-up in every district.