Govt issues avalanche warning in Chenab Valley

Authorities Saturday issued warning of avalanches and mudslides on account of continued heavy snowfall in the upper reaches and rains in the plains of Chenab Valley for past three days

Authorities Saturday issued warning of avalanches and mudslides on account of continued heavy snowfall in the upper reaches and rains in the plains of Chenab Valley for past three days 

Both the major mountain ranges of Kailash and Pirpanchal, which are the main source of water for the entire Chenab region, received heavy snow during the past 72 hours triggering fear of avalanches and mudslides in the vulnerable areas and the highways.

Thanhala, Sharekhi, Katyara, Behani, Aalan and Draman Nallah areas of Bhaderwah on the foothills of massive Asha Pati glacier and Haddal, Kota Top, Kharangal Shaddal, Darie, Kaljugasar, Chanti Khawas, Chensar, Madhaan and Julu Signi in Bhalessa area of district Doda have a history of and are prone to avalanches. 

Sub Divisional Magistrate, Bhaderwah, Mohd Anwar Banday, issued the avalanche warning advising people not to venture out.

"Due to heavy snowfall in the upper reaches for last 4 days, there is apprehension of avalanches and mudslides in some vulnerable areas; as a precautionary measure government has issued an avalanche warning  and advisory asking the people not to venture out unnecessarily," said SDM. 

"Although there is some improvement in the weather,  next two to three days are crucial and people should take extra care not only in avalanche prone areas but also while driving on roads which have become extremely slippery and mudslides have started  hitting at several places," the SDM added. 

Continuous inclement weather has already started taking toll on both the highways (NH1A and NH1B) of the Chenab Valley as yesterday a massive avalanche hit Khooni Nallah on NH1A in District Ramban and Sanai, Dradu, Raggi Nallah, Pakki Hatti, Kora Pani and Kanderi Nallah knocked off NH1B with mudslides and shooting stones. 

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