Two people died on Tuesday after an avalanche hit them at Kawana Trigam village in Ramban district. Both the people were heading to their respective homes when the unfortunate incident took place.
According to Deputy Commissioner (DC), Ramban Showkat Aijaz “Two persons died on Tuesday after a snow avalanche hit near village Trigam in the afternoon.” The Deputy Commissioner Ramban has announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh each for the deceased.
According to reports, a few people were missing and rescuers were trying to locate them. The area has been witnessing heavy snowfall for the past several days. Due to the avalanche and heavy snow accumulation at different stretches of the highway, the vehicular movement has been stopped.
On Tuesday, authorities have ordered to close the Jammu-Srinagar highway for commuters, in the wake of inclement weather conditions. Also, authorities have ordered schools up to middle standard in Reasi district to remain closed for the day, and helicopter and ropeway services at Vaishno Devi shrine have also been suspended.
Kashmir is currently under the grip of Chillai-Kalan, a 40-day long period of harsh winter. Chillai-Kalan commences each year on December 21 and concludes on January 30. Along with Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand also received fresh snowfall while rains lashed the plains in North India.