J-K avalanche: Mehbooba directs administration to coordinate with army for tracing missing soldiers

Srinagar (J-K) [India]: Expressing shock and grief over the death of soldiers due to the avalanche that struck army camp in Gurez Sector of Jammu and Kashmir, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Thursday directed divisional and district administration to coordinate with the army and speed up rescue operations for tracing other missing soldiers.

Conveying her sympathies with the families of the deceased soldiers, Mufti directed the Bandipora district administration to ensure that all precautionary measures are taken in avalanche prone areas to avoid any more fatalities.

At least 10 Army personnel have lost their lives in avalanche that the army camp here yesterday.

Rescue operations were immediately launched in the extremely bad weather and heavy snow fall.

In another avalanche in the same area yesterday, one Army patrol moving towards the post went missing.

The area continues to receive heavy snow fall.

Braving inhospitable weather conditions, rescue operations are in progress. (ANI)