By The Statesman
The fresh avalanche in Banihal disrupted the work of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) that is busy clearing blockades due to snowfall in a bid to restore traffic on the highway which is closed for the third consecutive day Saturday.
In Srinagar, police officials said that bodies of four missing soldiers were recovered from avalanche-hit Gurez sector, taking the death toll in the incident to 14. "Four bodies of soldiers were recovered from the avalanche site by rescue teams in Gurez Saturday. The death toll of army personnel has now risen to 14," a police official said.
Two avalanches hit army personnel in Gurez sector on Wednesday evening trapping several soldiers under the debris.
While seven personnel were rescued alive by the teams, the bodies of 10 soldiers were recovered on Friday.
Meanwhile, a 60-year-old man died after he was buried under an avalanche in Uri sector of Baramulla district. Fateh Mohammad Mughal was caught in an avalanche when he ventured out of his home last evening. Area residents and police pulled Mughal out of the debris and moved him to a nearby hospital where doctors declared him dead on arrival.
More than 20 persons, including 15 army personnel, have died in avalanches since Wednesday caused by fresh snowfall across Jammu and Kashmir over the past four days.
Authorities have issued a high danger avalanche warning in hilly parts of snow-bound Kashmir Valley in view of fresh snowfall. Several avalanches also hit the highway at Shatani Nallah area in Banihal belt of Ramban district Saturday, police said.