Avalanche damages 30 houses in Indian-controlled Kashmir

Source: Xinhua| 2019-02-22 14:32:56|Editor: Xiaoxia
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SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Feb. 22 (Xinhua) -- At least 30 residential houses were damaged after an avalanche hit them in Indian-controlled Kashmir, officials said Friday.

The avalanche struck Thursday night at Khandiyal village of Gurez in Bandipora, about 165 km north of Srinagar city, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

No loss of life was reported in the avalanche, officials said.

"Last night an avalanche hit a locality here damaging 30 houses," a local government official said. "We are being told 22 houses are damaged completely, while as eight houses, several cowsheds and some shops have suffered partial damage."

Authorities have rushed police and disaster response force personnel to the spot.

Earlier this month 10 people including four policemen were killed after avalanches hit a police post and a residential house in the region.

India's National Disaster Management Authority had already issued avalanche warnings for higher reaches in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Indian-controlled Kashmir has a rugged terrain. Landslides and avalanches are often triggered from its mountains during frequent rains and heavy snowfall.