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Avalanches in Kashmir have killed 19 people

Лавины в Кашмире погубили 19 человекMost of the victims were soldiers who were patrolling the border with Pakistan.

In the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir because of avalanches killed 19 people.

Most of the dead were soldiers patrolling the Line of control (conditional boundary separating the territory under the control of India and Pakistan). In total, the armed forces lost 15 men, four of them — on the morning of Friday, January 27. Killed four civilians, including two children, descended snow mass covered hut at the foot of the mountain, where their family lived.

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Several villages remained without electricity and heat because of downed wires. In the coming days the number of victims can increase: forecasters expect that avalanche danger will remain until the end of the weekend.

The territory of the former Principality of Jammu and Kashmir is actually divided between India and Pakistan, although each side claims over full control of Kashmir. Because of the constant clashes on the separation line in the region is concentrated a large number of Indian and Pakistani troops. In 2012 in Pakistan-administered Kashmir due to the avalanche killed 140 people, including 129 soldiers and officers of the Armed forces of Pakistan.

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