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Avalanche warning issued

As the rains lash Valley’s plains, a local moves with a load of twigs on a road in the outskirts of Srinagar on Saturday. Photo/Javed Khan

Srinagar, Feb 24: Gulmarg skiing resort and other areas in the higher reaches of Kashmir received fresh snowfall today, while the plains were lashed by rains.

The wet-spell is likely to continue till tomorrow, an official of the Meteorological (MeT) department said here.

The official said while there are reports of snowfall in other areas in the higher reaches of Kashmir as well.

The official said there is likelihood of snowfall at widespread places in the higher reaches of Kashmir, while the plains would witness rainfall.

There is also a possibility of light rain in plains, or snowfall in higher reaches, at scattered places in Kashmir tomorrow, the official said.

Meanwhile, the authorities today issued a low-danger avalanche warning for high-altitude areas in the state, including the Jammu-Srinagar national highway, and advised people to take precautionary measures.

On the basis of information received from Snow & Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE), low-danger avalanche warning has been issued for various high-altitude areas, an official spokesman said.

The warning has been issued for Baramulla, Gulmarg, Furkian-Z Gali and Kargil and Leh Districts, Kupwara-Chowkibal-Tangdhar, Kulgam, Badgam, Kupwara, Bandipora, Ganderbal Kargil and Bandipora-Kanzalwan-Gurez sector and the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway for the next 24 hours, he said.

The warning has also been issued for Kargil and Leh in Ladakh region, Poonch, Rajouri, Reasi, Ramban, Doda, Kishtwar and Udhampur in Jammu region, the spokesman said.

He said the people living in these areas have been advised by the disaster management authority to take precautionary measures.

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