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Seven cops die in Kulgam avalanche incident, heavy snowfall claims two more lives in Anantang

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

Bodies of seven policemen were on Friday extricated from a police post hit by an avalanche near in district last evening, even as heavy snowfall in claimed two more lives in

While two cops were rescued, another was missing in the incident, a said.

The rescued police personnel were shifted to hospital where their condition is stated to be stable, he said.

In the second incident , a couple died after their house was buried in a snowslide in district on Thursday evening but rescue teams managed to pull out their two children alive.

The victims were identified as and his wife. The incident occurred at Sonabrari-Magam in Kokernag area of the district, the said.

On the police post incident, the said an avalanche hit the north portal of on the Qazigund side in district on Thursday evening. While 10 cops were able to rush to safety, 10 others were trapped.

Rescue teams faced a lot of difficulty in reaching the this morning due to strong winds and accumulation of snow, officials said.

Heavy snowfall across over the past two days has triggered avalanches and snowslides in many places in the hilly areas of the valley. The authorities have issued an avalanche warning for 16 of the 22 districts of Jammu and

in south Kashmir received maximum precipitation in the past 24 hours. Some places in the district have received as much as five feet of snow, they said.

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First Published: Fri, February 08 2019. 19:22 IST