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Two rescued, eight trapped as avalanche hits J&K’s Kulgam district

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Two policemen are recused out of 10 who were believed to be trapped inside their post after an avalanche struck Kulgam district near the Jawahar Tunnel on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway on Thursday evening, police said.

Notably, Kashmir Valley has been witnessing heavy snowfall since Wednesday and south Kashmir’s Kulgam district has received maximum precipitation in the previous 24 hours. According to officials, some places in the Kulgam district have received as much as five feet snow.

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Rescue operations are underway to save the 10 policemen feared to be trapped inside their post under a snow avalanche. Strong winds and accumulation of snow on the path are, however, hindering the operations, a police official said.

Earlier today, 78 families were shifted to safer places by the police and civil administration from avalanche prone areas of Kulgam district.

The Snow and Avalanche Studies Establishment has issued an avalanche warning of varying degrees to 16 of the 22 districts in Jammu and Kashmir for the next 24 hours.

A high danger avalanche warning has been issued to Anantnag, Bandipora, Baramulla, Budgam, Ganderbal, Kulgam, and Kupwara districts in the valley, while medium danger warning was issued to Poonch, Rajouri, Ramban, Reasi, Doda, Kishtwar, Udhampur, and Leh districts. A low danger warning was issued for Kargil district.

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