Avalanche, Jammu and Kashmir, Kulgam
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At least 10 police officers are feared to be trapped inside their post after an avalanche struck Kulgam district, Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday evening.
 
“Rescue teams have reached close to the site of the avalanche this morning. All efforts are being made to evacuate the trapped persons,” a police official said.

According to official reports, when the avalanche hit the north portal of Jawahar Tunnel on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway in the Qazigund side, among the 20 posted in the area, 10 managed to reach safety before the catastrophe, however, the remaining are believed to be trapped.

Meanwhile, the rescue team on Thursday evacuated 22 families from an avalanche-prone area in Gund area of Kangan in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district to safer places after heavy snowfall. 

The affected families were shifted to the nearby government school.

“In view of the heavy snowfall and apprehension of snow avalanche at Khan Mohalla in Gund in Ganderbal district, police launched an evacuation process under the supervision of Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO), Kangan, Tahir Ahmad. After strenuous efforts, police evacuated 22 families consisting of 124 members to safer locations,” said a police official.

Since Wednesday, the Valley has been witnessing heavy snowfall with Kulgam District receiving maximum precipitation in the past 24 hours. 

An avalanche warning of varying degrees have been issued to 16 of the 22 districts in the state for the next 24 hours, reported the Snow and Avalanche Studies Establishment.
 
The Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) of Kangan advised the people not to venture out in the avalanche-prone areas of the Sub-Division. He ordered all vehicles plying on Kangan to Gagangeer and Kangan to Wangth Narnanagh and Chatergul areas to use anti-skid chain kits for travel.

Anantnag, Bandipora, Baramulla, Budgam, Ganderbal, Kulgam and Kupwara districts in the valley were issued high danger avalanche advisory, while medium danger warning was issued to Poonch,Rajouri, Ramban, Reasi, Doda, Kishtwar,Udhampur and Leh districts. Kargil district has been marked under the lowest danger category.

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