February 23rd, 2012
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11 army men dead as avalanches hit J&K

Indain army officers die in avalancheSrinagar: At least eleven Indian army soldiers when a massive avalanche struck two Army camps in Ganderbal and Bandipora districts of Kashmir Valley. While eight soldiers died after an Army camp in Davar was buried under the snow, three were killed in Sonmarg.

“A massive avalanche struck the brigade headquarters of the army in Dawar village of Gurez subdivision of Bandipora district during the night,” Lt Col JS Brar, spokesperson of the army’s Srinagar-based 15 Corps said.

15 jawans were pulled out alive from the thick snow, which buried several Army shelters. A massive avalanche struck the workshop of 109 Infantry Brigade of Army posted at Dawar in Gurez area of Bandipora district during the intervening night, a defence spokesman said. He said at least 21 jawans were buried under the avalanche. “We have so far rescued 15 soldiers and recovered bodies of six others,” he added.

Another avalanche struck Sonamarg area of Ganderbal district killing three Army jawans in their camp, the spokesman said. Authorities had issued medium avalanche warning for both Sonamarg and Gurez areas following fresh snowfall in the higher reaches of the Valley.

The Army has launched rescue operations in both the places. Due to heavy snow in Davar, no helicopter movement is possible, the Army said, adding that they expect large number of fatalities.



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