Divisional admin Kashmir issues avalanche warning

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Srinagar, Divisional Administration Kashmir Wednesday issued a high danger avalanche warning valid from January 25 to January 26, 2017 for avalanche prone areas in the Division.

“High danger avalanche warning valid for next 24-hours from January 25 to January 26, 2017 (1700 hrs) exists for avalanche prone slopes above 2800 meter attitude in Kupwara, Bandipora, Anantnag, Baramulla, Ganderbal, Kulgam, and Budgam districts” a statement of the Divisional Administration said.

The Deputy Commissioners of Kashmir Division including Leh and Kargil have been asked to advise people not to venture in avalanche prone areas and to keep clearing snow depositions from roof tops of their houses to avoid damages.

The statement also said that higher reaches of Kashmir, Ladakh and hilly areas of Jammu are likely to receive heavy snowfall during the period. “This may lead to closure of National Highway and disruption of surface and air transport. Further, movement in snowbound hilly and sloppy areas is not advisable during next 28 to 72 hours,” the statement said.

“Moderate to heavy rain/snow is predicted at widespread places of the State during the next 24 hours.”

Accordingly, Deputy Commissioners of Kashmir Division including Leh and Kargil have been asked to take precautionary measures in their respective districts.

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