Indian Army soldier trapped in Kargil avalanche

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Jammu and Kashmir March 20 : An operation was on to rescue an Indian Army soldier on Saturday after an avalanche triggered by a mild earthquake hit a post in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kargil sector.

The soldier was on surveillance duty when the avalanche struck. Another trapped soldier was rescued by a team of the Indian Army.

An avalanche warning was earlier issued for higher areas of Jammu and Kashmir, advising people not to venture out over the next 48 hours.

‘Medium danger’ avalanche warning exists for avalanche prone areas above 3,000 metres altitude in Baramula, Kupwara, Bandipur, Kargil, Rajouri, Gandarbal, Doda, Poonch, Riyasi, Ramban districts of Jammu and Kashmir, the advisory said.

In Himachal Pradesh, Dhundi and Patsio experienced fresh snowfall of 15 cm and 7 cm while Bahang and Solang Nala had witnessed rainfall of 20 mm and 15 mm, respectively, it said.

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