Avalanche Warning in J&K Valley

With snowfall continuing across Kashmir Valley, authorities today issued a warning about a "high danger" avalanche in several areas close to the Line of Control (LoC) in Kupwara and Bandipora districts.

"High danger avalanche warning has been issued for higher reaches of Naugam and Kaiyan near the LoC in Kupwara and Gurez sector of Bandipora district for the next 24 hours," an official of the Natural Disaster Management Cell said here.

He said "medium danger" avalanche warning has also been issued for higher reaches of Chowkibal, Tangdhar, Keran, Machil sectors in Kupwara and Gulmarg and Uri sectors in Baramulla and Sonamarg on Srinagar-leh national highway.

"People staying in snow-bound areas of these locations have been advised not to venture out in avalanche-prone areas," he added.

Acting upon the warning, the J&K government has asked all Disaster Management Committees (DMCs) to be prepared and remain in a state of readiness.

"We ask the DMCs to respond swiftly in the wake of weather forecast about heavy snowfall and possible snow avalanches in different winter zone areas of the state."

"Fool proof mechanism needs to be put in place and kept in the state of readiness to meet any eventuality," state Minister for Finance and Ladakh Affairs Abdul Rahim Rather said here today.

Rather said he has asked DMCs both at divisional and district levels to immediately activate their control rooms to monitor snow clearance activities, while adding that there was no room for any lapse.

The minister also directed concerned officers to get snow cleared from roads to ensure uninterrupted vehicular movement.

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