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New Delhi: An avalanche warning for Jammu and Kashmir has been issued by the Centre and people in
several districts of the state have been asked not to venture out tonight and on Saturday.

The avalanche warning has been issued for 24 hours beginning 5pm of 29 January to 5 pm of January
30, a Home Ministry spokesperson said.

Avalanche threat in Jammu and Kashmir.

Avalanche threat in Jammu and Kashmir.

Medium danger avalanche warning exists for Chokibal-Tangdhar, Keran sector, Gurez sector, Naugam-Kaiyan and
Machhal sector.

The avalanche warning has also been issued for Kupwara, Baramulla and Bandipur districts and Dras sector in Ladakh
district.

People have been advised not to venture out in avalanche-prone areas during the period.

Officials in Srinagar said that the divisional administration reviewed the preparedness for snow clearance
following the avalanche warning for four districts.

"According to Divisional Commissioner (Kashmir) Asghar Samoon, an avalanche warning has been issued in four districts and people have been advised not to venture out in avalanche-prone areas," an official spokesman said.

Samoon called an emergency meeting of all the deputy commissioners of Kashmir to review arrangements for clearing
snow and ensuring the availability of basic amenities for the people in view of the forecast for heavy snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir.

Joint Control Rooms have been established at the district-level along with two of these at the central level in the
offices of chief engineers and superintending engineers for better coordination and quick response to meet any exigency.

Samoon also took stock of the supply position of essential commodities, including rations, kerosene and LPG.

He asked all the deputy commissioners to ensure proper distribution of essential commodities and mobilise checking
squads to curb black marketing, profiteering and hoarding.

PTI

First Published On : Jan 29, 2016 21:42 IST

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