02/22 09:42 CST Avalanche kills a Russian skier while 5 others are rescued in
ski resort in Indian-held Kashmir
Avalanche kills a Russian skier while 5 others are rescued in ski resort in
SRINAGAR, India (AP) --- A Russian skier was killed and five others were
rescued, along with their local guide, after an avalanche hit a popular
Himalayan ski resort in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Thursday, officials said.
They said that at least six Russian skiers and their local guide were hit by
the avalanche and buried in snow high in the mountains of the tourist town of
Gulmarg. Rescuers pulled six survivors from the snow. Officials were yet to
identify the dead Russian skier.
Gulmarg is nestled in the Pirpanjal mountain range in the western Himalayas and
has one of Asia's largest ski terrains, where thousands of domestic and
international tourists visit.
Avalanches and landslides are common in Kashmir and have caused heavy death
tolls for the Indian and Pakistani armies camped near the mountainous and
forested militarized Line of Control that divides Kashmir between the
In 2010, at least 17 soldiers were killed after an avalanche hit the Indian
army's High Altitude Warfare School in Gulmarg during their training session.
At least 20 Indian soldiers were killed in three avalanches in 2017, and in
2012, a massive avalanche in Pakistan-controlled Kashmir killed 140 people,
including 129 Pakistani soldiers.