At least one army officer died, while eight jawans were rescued after avalanche hit Sonamarg in Jammu and Kashmir. The army officer was reported missing following an avalanche near his camp in Sonamarg area in Ganderbal district.
In a separate incident, four members of a family died on Wednesday as an avalanche buried their house in Gurez sector near the Line of Control in Kashmir.
An avalanche struck at Badoogam village in Tulail area of Gurez in the wee hours and buriedthe house of Mehraj-ud-Din Lone, a police official said.
He said the house collapsed under the debris of the avalanche resulting in death of 55-year-old Lone, his wife Azizi (50), 22-year-old son Irfan and daughter Gulshan (19).
Lone's another son, Reyaz Ahmad, was rescued by the authorities and admitted to a hospital, the official said.
The authorities in Kashmir have issued avalanche warning for higher reaches of the Valley following fresh snowfall and advised people to stay away from the mountains and foothills.
(With inputs from PTI)