According to the AP, two massive avalanches struck portions of Indian-controlled Kashmir late Wednesday night killing 17 soldiers, and injuring 17 others.
“Dawar, in the frontier Gurez region, remains cut off from the rest of Kashmir for nearly five months every year as heavy snowfall and rains block road links to the region.”
Rescue efforts were hampered for a time last night as dense fog and moderate snow continued to affect these regions. A winter storm is ongoing across Sonamarg and Dawar and will continue through the day today. After the storm is all said and done, 10-15 inches of fresh snow will coat the mountainous terrain. There will be a brief break in the weather Friday with only light snow or flurries expected, but more accumulating snow is expected Saturday.
“Amir Ali, a state government disaster management official, warned of more avalanches across mountainous parts of Indian Kashmir.”