woman and a girl were rescued alive after they were swept away by avalanche
This morning, a snow avalanche hit the Gurez area in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district, sweeping away a girl and a woman. According to a police official, the avalanche occurred near Mazgund Bala in Tutail at around 9:40 AM, taking with it Tabassum Banoo, daughter of Mohammad Yousuf, and Shahnaz Begum, wife of Zahoro Ahmad. Prompt action by local residents resulted in the successful rescue of both individuals. Officials have warned people to stay away from areas prone to avalanches and reported that, thankfully, there have been no fatalities in previous avalanches in the Gurez Valley.
Quoting a police official news agency GNS reported that a snow avalanche occurred at around 0940 hours near Mazgund Bala area of Tutail in Gurez and swept away a girl, Tabassum Banoo daughter of Mohammad Yousuf, and a woman, Shahnaz Begum wife of Zahoro Ahmad.
Today’s incident comes ten after two polish skiers were killed and 19 other foreigners besides two local guides were rescued after being swept away by an avalanche in the world famous skiing resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir’s Baramula district.
The avalanches are frequent in higher reaches of the valley during January and February, especially after fresh snowfall. Yesterday, parts of Kashmir including Gurez witnessed moderate snowfall