Three persons lost their lives and seven others were reported missing on Friday after they got trapped under snow following an avalanche in Khardung La area of Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir. Officials said the 10 people were travelling in a truck that was hit by the avalanche around 7 am.

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO) has deployed its men and machinery to rescue the victims.

According to reports, teams of the Army and the State Disaster Response Force have also reached the spot in Khardung La to be part of the rescue operation.

At the time of writing, it was not clear if the people travelling in the truck were civilians or security force personnel.

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On Thursday, the administration had sounded a high alert for avalanche following adverse weather advisory by the meteorological department.

The Met department has forecast that an active Western Disturbance is likely to affect J&K and adjoining areas for seven days from January 19 to 25. There will be high moisture feeding from the Arabian Sea over North-West India, especially over the Western Himalayan Region (WH) from January 20 to 24.

Under the influence of this system, moderate to heavy snow and rain are expected at widespread places of Jammu, Kashmir, and Ladakh regions. The forecast said that light snowfall would commence at a few places in Kashmir during forenoon on January 19 and thereafter the intensity and distribution would increase.

Heavy to very heavy snow and rain might occur during from January 20 to 23 and it would decrease gradually, the forecast said.