Authorities issue avalanche warning in Indian-controlled Kashmir

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Authorities in Indian-controlled Kashmir Monday evening issued avalanche warning for the people inhabiting upper reaches and areas close to the line-of-control (LoC), officials said.

The warning was issued following fresh snowfall and rains that the region has been receiving since Sunday night.

"The disaster management officials have issued a high-danger avalanche warning for hilly areas of Tangmarg, Khilanmarg and higher reaches of Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora and Kargil districts," a government spokesman said. "Also a medium danger warning has been issued for higher reaches of Banihal, Ramban, Doda, Kishtwar, Poonch, Rajouri, Pulwama, Kulgam, Budgam and Ganderbal districts."

The warnings have been issued according to information obtained from Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE).

The authorities have urged people living in these snowbound areas to take precautions and not to venture on steep slopes during the next 24 hours.

LoC is a de facto border that divides Kashmir into Indian and Pakistani controlled parts.

Kashmir has a rugged terrain. Landslides and avalanches are often triggered from its mountains during frequent rains and heavy snowfall. Endi

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