Death Toll From Avalanches In Indian Kashmir Surpasses 100
21 February 2005
Voice of America
New Delhi: The death toll from avalanches in Indian Kashmir, triggered by the heaviest snowfall in nearly two decades, has risen to at least 115 after authorities recovered more bodies Monday. Authorities say the death toll is likely to rise, as fresh avalanches swept away dozens of houses in four villages south of Srinagar. Many more houses remain buried under several meters of snow, and dozens of people are still missing. But there was at least one item of good news, as Indian soldiers rescued a 65-year-old woman who had been buried under snow for more than two days. Army officials say the woman, Hanifa Begum was pulled from her destroyed home and is undergoing medical treatment.