Heavy avalanches have occurred in Leh-Ladakh of Jammu and Kashmir, which has hit many vehicles in the grip. These vehicles are buried under ice. Around 10 tourists are feared to have been trapped in the snow storm. So far 4 bodies have been recovered out of the snow, while 6 people are still being suspected to be buried in the snow. At the same time, the team of Indian Army and J & K Police are on the spot after getting information about this incident engaged in relief and rescue operations. However, due to the momentous change in the weather, relief and rescue work is facing a lot of problems.
The snowy tornado continues in Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh including Ladakh. It is being told that at around 7 am on Friday, the mountain of snow collapsed in Khardung La of Ladakh on the middle of the road, with many tourists coming in the path. This is the world’s highest road at Khardung La Pass, where the temperature has dropped below minus 15. Many tourists are said to be buried in the snow. Apart from this, many people are also trapped in the snow storm, the efforts to save them are continuing.
The tourists who have been hit by the avalanche have not yet been identified. At the same time, the Meteorological Department has predicted heavy snowfall in the Kashmir Valley and Himachal Pradesh for the next two days. Army and police personnel are searching for people buried in the snow. Earlier, on January 3, 2019, a young soldier was killed in avalanches in Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir, while a young man was seriously injured. At the time of the incident, both of the soldiers were posted in the post of Army located in the constituency of Poonch sector of Jammu and Kashmir.
The young man who was martyred at the beginning of the new year was part of the army’s 44RR. The avalanche occurred at four o’clock in the morning on January 3. During this time, Lance Naik Sapn Mehra was stationed near LoC on Indo-Pak border. He was a resident of Kangra in Himachal Pradesh. Apart from this, the youth who was injured in avalanche has been identified as Harpreet Singh of Punjab. He was admitted to Army Hospital in critical condition. At the same time, after the avalanche, the army launched relief and rescue operations in the area.
Every year avalanches and snow storms kill many people. Indian Army soldiers are also involved in those who lost their lives in avalanches and snow storms. In the winter months, the temperature in the Kashmir valley reaches from -10 to -50 degree Celsius. There is a continuous round of heavy cold weather ‘Chillai Kalan’ which lasts for 40 days. It will run until January 31. An official of the Meteorological Department said that on 22 January torrential rain and severe snowfall is expected.