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J&K avalanche: Three soldiers dead in Batalik sector

An Indian police officer listens to messages from his colleague on a radio on a key Kashmir highway in Jawahar Tunnel. An Indian police officer listens to messages from his colleague on a radio on a key Kashmir highway in Jawahar Tunnel 90 km (55 miles) south of Srinagar, February 28, 2005. A mountainous 300 km (186 mile) long key Jammu-Srinagar highway remained shut for the 12th day on Monday after avalanches and landslides killed at least 278 people in the Himalayan region. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli

Srinagar: Three soldiers were killed in the multiple avalanches that hit an army post at Batalik sector in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ladakh region, an official said today.

“Unprecedented snowfall triggered multiple avalanches in Batalik Sector yesterday in which a post was buried. Five soldiers were trapped under the snow,” the army official said.

While two of them were rescued, the others could not be saved despite efforts and their bodies have been recovered, the official said.

Meanwhile, another avalanche hit army posts in Kaksar sector. No casualty was reported in this case.

“Avalanches hit posts in Kaksar Sector, but all affected soldiers have been safely rescued,” the official said.

—PTI