Avalanche Strikes Gulmarg: Khelo India athletes safe, skier killed

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SRINAGAR — A series of avalanches struck the scenic slopes of Gulmarg, bringing both tragedy and successful rescue efforts as authorities worked to ensure the safety of individuals amidst the winter sports activities. A skier was killed and seven others rescued safely after an avalanche hit Affarwat peak on Thursday afternoon.

In the aftermath of the avalanches, officials confirmed that all Khelo India athletes participating in the winter games were unharmed. Nuzhat Gul, Secretary of the Sports Council Jammu and Kashmir, reassured the public, stating, “All Khelo India athletes are safe after the avalanche hits Khilanmarg area of Gulmarg J&K. All the fixtures are being run as per schedule.”

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The avalanches, including one at the Khilanmarg on Afarwat Peak, resulted in the loss of life of a skier and the rescue of three others. However, the sporting events at Kangdoori Phase 1, where the Khelo India Winter Games 2024 are taking place, remained unaffected, with organizers ensuring necessary safety precautions.

Meanwhile, at a different location known as Army Ridge, a collaborative rescue operation involving the Gulmarg Ski Patrol, J&K Police, and district administration successfully rescued a group of six Russian skiers and one local guide. Tragically, one Russian skier lost his life in the incident, with condolences extended to his family and friends by officials.

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The rescued individuals are currently receiving medical treatment, with one skier sustaining minor injuries but reported to be in stable condition.

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