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Casualties were feared after an army unit was hit by an avalanche in northern Kashmir’s Ganderbal district on Wednesday, police said.

There were reports of deaths after the avalanche struck a unit of the Territorial Army stationed in Sonmarg, said Imtiyaz Parray, Ganderbal superintendent of police.

“The unit is stationed in the area for the past some years and has been hit by an avalanche. There are reports of some deaths, but the army officials have not yet confirmed,” Ahmad said.

Army’s Srinagar-based spokesperson, Rajesh Kalia, did not pick up phone.

With heavy snowfall continuing in northern Kashmir, four members of a family died in a house collapse in Bandipora early on Wednesday.

The third spell of snow in January started in Kashmir from Tuesday, disrupting road and air traffic.

The Srinagar-Jammu highway, which connects Kashmir valley to rest of India, was closed on Tuesday afternoon due to slippery road conditions. All flights to and from the Srinagar International Airport also remained suspended on Tuesday due to poor visibility.

Source: Hindustan Times

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