New Delhi: A snow avalanche, on Friday morning, in Khardung La, at 17,500 feet in Jammu & Kashmir’s Ladakh, has killed five civilians while five others are feared trapped inside the snow, according to latest reports. Khardung La is one of the world’s highest motorable roads.
According to the deputy commissioner of Leh, Avny Lavasa, the civilians were digging the snow that triggered snow slide. She said, “Rescue operation launched after civilians got buried under snow. It is believed that they were digging snow at Khardung La in Leh. Digging triggered a snow slide and civilians got buried. We are fearing that the civilians are trapped.”
Rescuers from the Army, State Disaster Relief Force, police and the district administration have reached the site.
According to the Met department, Leh has recorded a minimum temperature of minus 12-degrees celsius in this winter. The Kashmir valley and the northern parts of the state is under the grip of the harshest period of the winter, which the locals call “chillai kalan”. It’s a 40-day period, which generally ends by the end of January.