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Updated February 22nd, 2024 at 18:26 IST

One Russian Skier Dead As Avalanche Hits Famous Ski Resort In Gulmarg, Rescue Ops On | Watch

The avalanche occurred at the 'Trans-Tutorial Ridge of Mount Afarwat' which is a backcountry ski area. Efforts to rescue the trapped individuals are underway

One Dead As Avalanche Hits Famous Ski Resort In Gulmarg, Rescue Ops In Full Swing
One Dead As Avalanche Hits Famous Ski Resort In Gulmarg, Rescue Ops In Full Swing | Image:Republic
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Kashmir: An avalanche struck 'Trans-Tutorial Ridge of Mount Afarwat,’ an area known for backcountry skiing of Gulmarg on Thursday afternoon, resulting in the death of one skier and the successful rescue of seven others, including a local tourist guide, according to officials.

“At approximately 2 p.m., an avalanche struck the renowned ski resort of Gulmarg. A Russian female skier lost her life during the rescue efforts. However, the operation has concluded with the successful extraction of the remaining individuals,” said an official.

In response to the disaster, Jammu and Kashmir Police, in coordination with local authorities, swiftly mobilized. Despite challenging conditions, helicopters and a chairlift were deployed to search for the missing skiers. Multiple rescue teams worked tirelessly to locate and evacuate those impacted by the avalanche.

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Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Disaster Management Authority (JKDMA) issued critical avalanche warnings for various districts across the region. With districts like Bandipora, Baramulla, Ganderbal, Kupwara, Doda, Kishtwar, Poonch and Ramban under a medium danger level, residents are urged to exercise caution and adhere to safety guidelines.

“Authorities have emphasized the unpredictable nature of mountainous regions, particularly during winter months, and urge all travellers and adventurers to prioritize safety,” said an official.

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In light of the ongoing rescue efforts, JKDMA has also provided a helpline (dial 112) for individuals needing immediate assistance or facing emergencies related to avalanches.

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Amid the ongoing rescue efforts following the avalanche in Gulmarg, the atmosphere at the ski resort is juxtaposed with the enthusiasm of the 4th edition of ‘Khelo India’. With more than 600 athletes actively participating in the event, the sporting activities continue unabated. 

As per the authorities, the avalanche site is located some distance away from the Kongdoori area, where the Khelo India Winter Games are being held.

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 “The avalanche site is located far from the Kongdoori area, where the Khelo India Winter Games are being held. Consequently, the incident has had no impact on the ongoing sporting events,” clarified Secretary of JK Sports Council, Nuzhat Gul.

 


 

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Published February 22nd, 2024 at 14:27 IST

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