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Kashmir Avalanche: 5 Army Men Killed, 4 Missing in Sonamarg

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Srinagar: Five army men were killed while four more went missing after a snow avalanche hit an army camp in Sonamarg area of Ganderbal district on Wednesday.

The Avalanche struck the army camp in Sonamarg in the wee hours.

Meanwhile, Four members of a family died as an avalanche buried their house in Gurez sector near the Line of Control in Kashmir.

The avalanche struck at Badoogam village in Tulail area of Gurez in the wee hours and buried the house of Mehraj-ud-Din Lone, a police official said.

He said the house collapsed under the debris of the avalanche resulting in death of 55-year-old Lone, his wife Azizi (50), 22-year-old son Irfan and daughter Gulshan (19).

Lone’s another son, Reyaz Ahmad, was rescued by the authorities and admitted to a hospital, the official said.

Rescue operations underway.

The authorities in Kashmir have issued avalanche warning for higher reaches of the Valley following fresh snowfall on Tuesday and advised people to stay away from the mountains and foothills.