Avalanche strikes Balsareen in Kashmir, kills three
An avalanche struck Balsareen area of Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday, killing three people and burying alive everything that came in its way.
Balsareen is located near Dudhkuchan, some 20 kilometres from Damal Hanjipora area of south Kashmir.
Three people have been killed, animals have died and houses ravaged. The three deceased have been identified as Talib Hussain, Abdul Rashid and Altaf Hussain.
"The huts and four to five houses based in the higher reaches were destroyed by the avalanche, nearly 50 to 60 animals were also killed and three people have been killed in the avalanche. Ten injured people have been taken out and nothing has survived, neither houses nor animals," said a resident, Mohammad Khaleel Khan.
The injured have been taken to a local hospital for treatment.
The valley is under darkness for the third consecutive day and snow accumulated roads, streets and water logging is creating hell for the people.
On Tuesday, authorities had issued warnings regarding avalanche strikes to various areas in the higher reaches and had asked people not to roam about on steep slopes for the next 24 hours.
(Posted on 14-03-2014)