Prime Minister Narendra Modi today condoled the death of 10 soldiers in two avalanches in Gurez Sector of Kashmir.
In a tweet, the Prime Minister said he was "deeply saddened" at the death of the soldiers.
"Deeply saddened at the death of our Veer jawans in avalanche in Kashmir. Have directed the authorities for speedy search and rescue ops," the Prime Minister wrote on twitter.
Governor N. N. Vohra has expressed grief over the tragic loss of Major Amit Sagar, when an avalanche struck the Territorial Army Camp in Sonamarg area, and ten soldiers after two avalanches hit Army posts and patrols in Gurez Sector in north Kashmir.
The Governor spoke to Lt General J.S Sandhu, GOC XV Corps, to convey his sympathy to the families of the officer and soldiers and wished early recovery of the soldiers who had been buried under the snow.
In fact the Governor had spoken with Lt. Gen. Sandhu only yesterday about the Davar Brigade providing the maximum possible help to the villagers in the Gurez Valley who were facing severe difficulties because of the very heavy snow in the area.
Expressing grief over the loss of civilian lives in another avalanche in the Tulail area the Governor conveyed sympathy to the family members of those killed and prayed for peace to the departed souls.
The Raj Bhavan Spokesperson said that the Governor has reiterated his earlier concern about the crucial importance of the Divisional and District Administrations issuing timely warnings to the public and to all concerned echelons on the basis of forecasts and avalanche warnings which are received everyday from the Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) and Indian Meteorological Department.
The Spokesperson also reiterated the Governor's concern about the need to have a functioning Disaster Management set-up in every district of the State to ensure against avoidable loss of life and property.
Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has expressed shock and grief over the death of soldiers who were buried alive at Gurez, when two snow avalanches hit them. She has also conveyed her sympathies with the families of these soldiers.
Mehbooba Mufti has directed the divisional and district administration to coordinate with the army authorities and speed up rescue operations for tracing the other missing soldiers.
The Chief Minister has also directed the Bandipora district administration to ensure that all precautionary measures are taken in avalanche prone areas, particularly in Gurez to avoid any fatalities.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has also condoled the death of ten soldiers. "Heartfelt condolences to families of our Armymen who have lost their lives in avalanches in J&K in the past two days," he tweeted.