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10 soldiers killed in avalanches

Srinagar, March 6
At least 10 soldiers were killed and seven others reported missing in avalanches in the Kargil sector today.

Official sources said that at least five soldiers were killed when their bunker was buried under a avalanche at Kharboo on the Kargil-Leh national highway early this morning.

In a similar incident in the Muskhoo valley in the Kargil sector, more than 12 soldiers were buried under an avalanche near a forward post after the area had about 8 ft of snowfall early this week.

The bodies of five soldiers were recovered while a search for the others was on, the sources said. Helicopters and snow-clearing vehicles had been pressed into service.

JAMMU: The Indian Air Force will airlift hundreds of persons stranded at Leh in Jammu and Kashmir due to heavy snowfall, official sources said on Thursday.

The move came following a telephonic conversation between Defence Minister George Fernandes and the Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. Earlier, Minister for Employment Rigzin Zora and legislator from Nobra Sonam Wangchuk Norbu had sought Mufti Sayeedís intervention in transporting 700 stranded persons.

They told the Chief Minister that there seemed to be no likelihood of reopening of the road link to Nobra for another month or so.

One person and five head of cattle were buried alive in a landslide in Doda district, official sources said here.

Gul Mohammad was asleep in his hut when the landslide occurred killing him and the cattle in the Gargoo-Ramsoo area of the district last night.

The victimís body was recovered today.

Five houses were damaged due to incessant rain in the Surankote hills of Poonch district. Fourteen more houses collapsed due to heavy rain in the Mendhar, Shahpur, Darba and Degwar areas of Poonch district yesterday, the sources. UNI, PTI

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