Kashmir: 3 jawans die in avalanche in Kargil's Batalik sector

Ladakh and Kargil have seen heavy snowfall since Wednesday.

Three Indian Army soldier lost their lives in an avalanche in Kargil's Batalik sector. The jawans died due to the injuries suffered in the incident.

A total of five jawans had been trapped in the avalanche , with news agency ANI confirming today morning that three others have been rescued.

Jammu and Kashmir has seen inclement weather recently with incessant rain and snowfall. Ladakh and Kargil have seen heavy snowfall since Wednesday.

Schools and colleges in the valley were shut down for a few days and a flood alert was issued after water levels in river Jehlum reached the alert mark.

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According to MeT department officials, Srinagar received 83.9 mm rain and snowfall between Wednesday and Thursday while Kokernag in south Kashmir received 69.9 mm of rains in the same period period.

Pahalgam, also in south Kashmir, recorded rainfall of 64.2 mm of rains between Wednesday and Thursday.

This year has seen a high number of avalanche-related casualties in Jammu and Kashmir. In January, 20 Army personnel lost their lives in three separate incidents of avalanches in Sonamarg in Ganderbal, Gurez in Bandipora and Machhil in Kupwara.

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