Governor grieved at tragic death of Army officer, soldiers and civilians in avalanches


JAMMU: 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 re-iterated 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 theSnow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) and Indian Meteorological Department. The Spokesperson also re-iterated 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.