3 soldiers buried to death under avalanche in Batalik sector of J&K


army vehicle in snowThree soldiers were buried to death when an avalanche fell on an army picket in Batalik sector , 200 km north-west of Leh. Two soldiers were found dead on April 6, while another body was found on April 7.

The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was closed for the third consecutive day in the backdrop of heavy rainfall and snowfall triggering avalanches.

It may be noted J&K had witnessed floods in 2014 when a majority of areas including Srinagar, were drowned by flood waters up to the level of several feet.

The Jhelum River, which had swollen above the danger mark on April 6, had started to recede on April 7. Low-lying areas in the state were flooded giving rise to fears of holding byelections in Srinagar and Anantnag parliamentary constituencies on April 9 and 12, respectively.

Incessant rain and heavy snow have fallen in Kashmir for the past three days, swelling rivers, streams and posing a flood threat to residential localities.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and offered all possible support in dealing with the flood situation in the Valley.

“Spoke to J&K CM @MehboobaMufti on the flood situation in the state. Offered all possible support from Centre in dealing with the situation,” tweeted Modi on April 7 morning.

Another avalanche has hit army posts in Kaksar sector. No casualty was reported in this case. Avalanches hit posts in Kaksar Sector, but all soldiers have been safely rescued, said an official.

While this was so, Chandigarh-based snow and avalanche agency had given advance avalanche warnings for parts of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh.