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Avalanche Hits Gulmarg: Foreign Skier Killed, 7 Rescued

February 22, 2024

Gulmarg: A foreign skier was killed while seven other including a local guide were rescued after an avalanche hit Kongdori area of Gulmarg on Thursday.

According to officials that a strong avalanche hit the Kangdori, Gulmarg. “Seven foreign tourists and a local were trapped in the avalanche. A massive rescue operation was immediately launched during which one of the foreign skiers was found dead while others were rescued safely,” they said.

They said that phase-2 Gulmarg Gandola was temporarily suspended as a precautionary measure.

At around 02:00 PM in the afternoon, an avalanche was reported in Gulmarg, trapping some foreigners, who were rescued safely while one among them died in the incident.

However, the ongoing khelo India edition 4th that commenced yesterday remained unaffected.

The rescued individuals are currently under the care of the district administration, receiving basic medical treatment. One skier sustained minor injuries but is in stable condition and is receiving treatment at a local hospital. The response and coordinated efforts of the rescue team, ski patrol, and police played a vital role in ensuring the safety and well-being of those affected by this unfortunate incident, they added.

Secretary Sports Council, Nuzhal Gull in a post on X, said that all Khelo India athletes are safe. “All Khelo India athletes are safe after the avalanche hits Khilanmarg area of Gulmarg J&K. All fixtures are being run as per schedule,” Gull wrote.

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