At least three jawans of the Indian Army lost their lives when an avalanche hit an Army post in Kupwara’s Machil Sector on Friday, 2 February.

The post is located near the LoC in J-K.

On 31 January, the Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment had issued an avalanche warning in several districts of J-K after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake jolted the Afghanistan-Tajikistan border region, the tremors of which were felt as far down as New Delhi.

Medium danger avalanche warning of level-3 exists in higher reaches of Baramulla district and low danger warning of level-2 in Kupwara, Bandipore, Shopian and Kargil districts were issued. A level-1 warning was issued for other areas in Kashmir.

In the past, many soldiers have become victims of avalanches.

Two soldiers were swept away on 11 December in an avalanche in Gurez sector along the LoC. Their bodies were recovered on 18 December.

In April 2017, three soldiers lost their lives to an avalanche in Batalik sector.

The worst incident happened on 3 February 2016 when an avalanche hit a military base at Siachen killing 10 soldiers of the 19th battalion of the Madras Regiment.