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2 Polish skiers killed in avalanche in Indian Kashmir, police say

2 Polish skiers killed in avalanche in Indian Kashmir, police say
Security force personnel carry the body of a foreign skier, who was killed after an avalanche hit in the Affarwat area, in the ski resort of Gulmarg, in Kashmir region, Feb 1, 2023.
PHOTO: Reuters file

SRINAGAR — Two Polish skiers were killed and 21 other people rescued in Indian Kashmir on Wednesday (Feb 1) after an avalanche swept through the popular ski resort of Gulmarg, police said.

The skiing group was made up of Russian and Polish nationals and two local guides, police said.

A rescue operation was launched following the incident, Kashmir's police chief Vijay Kumar told Reuters, and two bodies were recovered. Police later said 21 skiers and two local guides had been accounted for.

The skiers were hit by the avalanche in the Affarwat area of Gulmarg, Kumar said, days after heavy snowfall in the hills of Kashmir, a disputed Himalayan region claimed in full by both India and Pakistan, though each country only controls parts of it.

Police identified the two Polish skiers as Krzysltof, 43, and Adam Grzech, 45. Their bodies have been moved to a hospital.

A video of the avalanche shared on social media, which Reuters could not immediately verify, showed a wall of snow roaring down a mountain side, sending skiers and other onlookers scurrying for safety.

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