Snowfall shuts down Valley, 5 soldiers missing


Special rescue teams of the Army are conducting search and rescue operations to locate the five missing soldiers.

However as per in the tweet by J&K Police three more went missing in Gurez sector in Jammu and Kashmir's Bandipora district.

"The avalanche struck sometime between 1 am and 3 a.m on Tuesday when the first known appeal for help was made", an officer posted in Gurez said. Pertinently, this year in January at least 22 Army soldiers died due to snow furry in Gurez and Sonmarg areas of North and Central Kashmir.

Five soldiers have gone missing after avalanches hit two army posts on the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.

Initial reports suggest the avalanche had hit Mani Post in Bagtor Gurez sector. "Two soldiers slipped down the slope in Naugam Sector in Kupwara".

Rescue and search operations are ongoing despite the hard conditions. The present weather conditions are like to continue till Friday. The highway was also closed at the Jawahar Tunnel, the Patnitop and Ramban areas due to snowfall and at Pathiyal after landslides.

According to Kashmir Media Service, the upper parts of Gurez and Tulail have received heavy snow since Sunday evening while Gurez is considered as one of the most avalanche-prone areas of occupied Kashmir. The India Meteorological Department has also predicted more rain and snow fall in Jammu and Kashmir.

"National Highway and Mughal Road closed".