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Avalanche alert sounded in Bhaderwah belt

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Bhaderwah, Mar 15: Authorities here today ordered closure of all schools up to 8th standard and sounded a high alert in the entire Bhaderwah belt of Doda district due to apprehension of avalanches after heavy rains since early morning, an official said.

In the wake of inclement weather predictions by the meteorological department, Additional Deputy Commissioner(ADC) Bhadarwah Imam Din Kitchlo ordered closure of all schools upto 8th standard and appealed to general public not to venture in slide-prone areas and near streams.

Giving details, Tehsildar, Bhadarwah, Masood Ahmed said, "The MeT department has predicted heavy rainfall and also issued avalanche warning, flash floods and mud slides in Bhaderwah. Considering the advisory, a holiday has been declared in schools so that children do not face any risk or inconvenience."

As a precautionary move, we have declared a high alert in areas close to river Neeru and also for people living on slopes and slide prone areas, he said.

"It's best to take precautionary steps than waiting for a tragedy to strike, as last year a college girl drowned in the flash floods near Puneja while trying to cross river Neeru,” the official added.

The ADC has directed to all officers to be present at their respective headquarters and to remain in contact with the administration to deal with any emergent situation, he said.

Avalanche hits Sonamarg

Srinagar, Mar 15: An electrician was rescued by police after he was trapped in an avalanche in Shitkari area of Sonamarg in Ganderbal district Thursday afternoon.

Around 2:00 pm today, a minor avalanche hit Shitkari area of Sonamarg. An employee of APCO Construction Company -- Dharam Prakash Singh, son of Narender Bahadur, resident of Premgadh Danigunj, Uttar Pradesh, working as an electrician with the tunnel construction company got trapped, who was later rescued by the police, a police spokesman informed.

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