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Avalanche warning for J&K, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttarakhand

News Agencies | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 5:53 IST

An avalanche warning was on Friday issued to higher areas of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttarakhand asking people not to venture into these areas over the next 48 hours.

An advisory was issued by the Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE), part of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) here.

'Medium danger' avalanche warning exists for avalanche prone areas above 3,000 metres in Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipur, Kargil, Shopian, Anantnag, Kulgam, Rajauri, Doda, and Poonch districts of Jammu and Kashmir, the advisory said.

For Himachal Pradesh, it said 'medium danger' avalanche warning exists in areas above 3,000 metres in Lahaul and Spiti, Kullu, Chamba, and Kinnaur districts.

A similar warning has been issued to areas of Chamoli, Uttarkashi, Rudraprayag, and Pithoragarh districts in Uttarakhand.

"People are advised not to venture in avalanche prone areas over next 48 hours," the advisory said.

Pharkian and Haddan Taj areas of Jammu and Kashmir witnessed fresh snowfall of two cms and five cms respectively while areas like Banihal Top, Kanzalwan received rainfall during last 24 hours, it said.

In Himachal Pradesh, Bahang, Solang Nala, and Dhundi had also witnessed rainfall of 1.2 mm, four mm, and two mm, respectively, it said.


First published: 11 March 2016, 4:26 IST