Avalanche kills 3 Indian army soldiers in Kashmir

Avalanche kills 3 Indian army soldiers in Kashmir

SRINAGAR, India — The Indian army on Friday recovered the bodies of three soldiers whose mountainous post was buried in an avalanche in Indian-controlled Kashmir, a military spokesman said.

Two soldiers were rescued immediately after the avalanche hit the Batalik sector in Ladakh region on Thursday, Col. Rajesh Kali said. The bodies of three others were recovered Friday close to the cease-fire line dividing Kashmir between India and Pakistan, Kali said.

Rain and snow have fallen in the Kashmir valley for three days, swelling rivers and streams and posing a flood threat to residential areas. Traffic has been disrupted on the main highway linking Kashmir with the rest of India.

Avalanches and landslides are common in the mountainous region and have taken heavy tolls on the Indian and Pakistani armies. At least 14 soldiers were killed in two avalanches last year, and in 2012 a massive avalanche in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir killed 140 people, including 129 soldiers.

India and Pakistan have fought three wars, including two over control of Kashmir, since they won independence from British colonialists in 1947. Both claim the Himalayan territory in its entirety.

The Associated Press

Just Posted

Juan de Fuca curlers ‘reeling’ after learning rink will be replaced with dry floor

West Shore Parks & Recreation board says curling rinks not getting enough use

The rock is no more for Oak Bay ‘Sea Lore’

Council calls for change to controversial location proposed for art installation

Metchosin driver striking a deer heralds a need for caution

Vehicle incident likely not the last of its kind in Greater Victoria

Mary Winspear offers out-of-this-world evening with Chris Hadfield

Tickets on sale March 22 for Colonel Chris Hadfield visit May 7

Five highlights in the 2019 federal budget

Latest budget includes a sprinkling of money for voters across a wide spectrum

Greater Victoria Wanted List for the week of March 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: When do you think the next major earthquake will hit Vancouver Island?

According to seismologists, Vancouver Island is overdue for a magnitude 7 earthquake.… Continue reading

Facebook to overhaul ad targeting to prevent discrimination

The company is also paying about $5 million to cover plaintiffs’ legal fees and other costs

B.C. mosque part of open-house effort launched in wake of New Zealand shootings

The ‘Visit a Mosque’ campaign aims to combat Islamophobia

‘That’s a load of crap’: Dog poop conspiracy spreads in White Rock

Allegation picked up steam through a Facebook page run by a city councillor

Explosives unit brought in after suspicious boxes left at B.C. RCMP detachment

Nanaimo RCMP issues all clear after packages were found on lawn earlier in the day

2019 BUDGET: As deficit grows, feds spend on job retraining, home incentives

Stronger economy last year delivered unexpected revenue bump of an extra $27.8 billion over six years

Newfoundland man caught after posting photo of himself drinking and driving

The 19-year-old took a photo of himself holding a beer bottle and cigarette while at the wheel

Most Read