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A huge avalanche strikes Gulmarg in Jammu and Kashmir, killing one foreign person and saving five others

Five people have been rescued and one foreign person has killed in a large avalanche that was reported from Gulmarg in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday.

Multiple skiers were trapped by an avalanche that happened on the Kongdoori slopes, according to media sources. According to reports, the international visitors had gone down the ski slopes alone, without the companionship of locals.

As soon as a rescue effort was started to find more missing persons, the rescue teams raced to the scene. The Army and a patrolling team from the Jammu and Kashmir government are now conducting the rescue and search efforts. The avalanche struck the town on February 21, one day after the JK government’s fourth edition of the “Khelo India Winter Games” event got underway in Gulmarg.

Photographs taken after the avalanche show trapped visitors swimming through snow up to their knees as a civilian helicopter flies above. Under the icy cover of the avalanche, a snowmobile that thrill-seekers often use in Gulmarg is caught and immobile on the hill.

There has been moderate to heavy snowfall in Kashmir for the last three days, increasing the danger of avalanches in the valley’s steep and mountainous areas.

On Wednesday, another avalanche blocked the flow of water in the Sindh stream, striking a dangerous area of Sonamarg along the Srinagar-Leh route.

Authorities verified that the avalanche happened near the Sonamarg workshop used for building the Zojila tunnel. Thankfully, there were no reported damages resulting from the event.

After a significant amount of snow fell in the first week of February, authorities issued an avalanche warning for the higher reaches of the Kashmir valley.

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