A Chandigarh-based Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment on January 18 issued a “medium danger” avalanche warning for some districts of Jammu and Kashmir and people were advised not to venture into vulnerable areas.
The warning is issued for the next 24 hours starting from 5 PM today for avalanche-prone slopes that have an altitude of 2800 metres.
As per SASE, Bahihal Top gauged 42 cm, Gulmarg 7 cm and Drass 3 cm of snow in Jammu and Kashmir, while Dhundi and Pastio in Himachal Pradesh got 10 cm and 6 cm of precipitation respectively.
In Himachal Pradesh efforts are being made to open roads as due to snowfall they are closed for past 12 days.
Himachal Pradesh: Roads leading to Chaupal area of Shimla remain closed after 12 days of snowfall; efforts on to open roads pic.twitter.com/C1aRolAOIP
— ANI (@ANI_news) January 18, 2017
Warning has also been issued for people to not visit these areas for some time.
Every year thousands of people die in avalanche related incidents. Last year about 1,000 people died due to extreme fall in the weather conditions in the northern part of the country.