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14 Mar 2005 description
report Save the Children

Avalanches, house collapses and exposure to sub-zero temperatures from the heaviest snowfall in two decades have killed approximately 400 people in Kashmir over the past couple of weeks. Government officials estimate at least 2 million people out of the population of 10 million have been affected to varying degrees by the heavy snowfall and Indian Kashmir has asked for $333 million in federal aid to cope with the devastation.1

02 Mar 2005 description

Srinagar, India (dpa) - A highway connecting Kashmir to the rest of India re-opened Wednesday after two weeks of heavy snowfall and avalanches in which close to 300 people died.

"We have opened the highway for one-way traffic from (winter capital) Jammu to (summer capital) Srinagar. More than 1,400 stranded vehicles, including 400 trucks carrying petrol, diesel, cooking gas and kerosene have reached Srinagar," said Nayeem Akhter, special secretary to the state's chief minister.

01 Mar 2005 description
report Government of India

SITREP 8 @ 0900 HRS
Heavy Snow/ Avalanche
No.10-1/2005-NDM-I
Government of India
Ministry of Home Affairs
National Disaster Management Division

North Block, New Delhi

01 Mar 2005 description
report Government of India
LATEST: JAMMU-SRINAGAR NATIONAL HIGHWAY HAS BEEN CLEARED AND TWO-WAY TRAFFIC IS EXPECTED TO RESUME BY 1200 HOURS TODAY.

IMD report

According to the India Meteorological Department report dated 28th February @ 1600 hrs, the western disturbance over Jammu and Kashmir is moving away northeastwards. The induced upper air cyclonic circulation over central Pakistan now lies over central Pakistan and adjoining Rajasthan Satellite imagery indicates multi-layered with moderate to weak convection over Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttaranchal.

28 Feb 2005 description
report Government of India


SITREP 7 @ 0900 HRS
Heavy Snow/ Avalanche
No.10-1/2005-NDM-I
Government of India
Ministry of Home Affairs
National Disaster Management Division

North Block, New Delhi
Date 28.02.2005.

Subject: Snow Fall And Avalanches in Jammu and Kashmir

IMD report

27 Feb 2005 description

By Sheikh Mushtaq

SRINAGAR, India, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Indian army mountaineering teams and sniffer dogs were scouring avalanche-stuck areas of Kashmir for survivors and bodies, officials said on Sunday.

At least 278 people, including children, died when the avalanches swept through villages in southern Kashmir last weekend during the heaviest snowfall in 40 years in the Himalayan region. At least 300 people are still missing.

"The Army has deployed 20 specialist mountaineering teams ... for rescue and relief operations," Jammu and Kashmir governor S. K.

26 Feb 2005 description
report Government of India


SITREP 6 @ 0900 HRS
Heavy Snow/ Avalanche

No.10-1/2005-NDM-I
Government of India
Ministry of Home Affairs
National Disaster Management Division

North Block, New Delhi
Date 26.02.2005.

Subject: Snow Fall And Avalanches in Jammu and Kashmir

IMD report

25 Feb 2005 description
report Government of India

SITREP-5 @0900 HRS.
Heavy Snow/ Avalanche
No.10-1/2005-NDM-I
Government of India
Ministry of Home Affairs
National Disaster Management Division

North Block, New Delhi

25 Feb 2005 description

The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 181 countries.

In Brief

This Information Bulletin (no. 01/2005) is being issued for information only. The Federation is not seeking funding or other assistance from donors for this operation at this time.

The Situation

The north of India has been experiencing heavy snowstorms from 16 to 20 February 2005, provoking avalanches in the state of Jammu & Kashmir.

24 Feb 2005 description
report Government of India

SITREP-4 @0900 HRS.
Heavy Snow/ Avalanche
No.10-1/2005-NDM-I
Government of India
Ministry of Home Affairs
National Disaster Management Division

North Block, New Delhi

24 Feb 2005 description

SG/SM/9733

Following is a statement attributable to the Spokesman for Secretary-General Kofi Annan:

The Secretary-General was saddened to learn of the loss of life and damage to property in Jammu and Kashmir due to avalanches and heavy snows over the past two weeks. He extends his deepest condolences to the people of Jammu and Kashmir, especially to the families of the hundreds who have been killed and injured because of the heavy snowfall.

24 Feb 2005 description

Srinagar, India (dpa) - The survivors of Indian Kashmir's avalanches started burying the dead Thursday in mass graves carved out of the snow.

More than 300 people died in a series of avalanches and blinding blizzards since the weekend in the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, which experienced its heaviest snowfall in 15 years.

"It was not an avalanche, but a snow tsunami.

23 Feb 2005 description
report Government of India

The Army continues to be involved massive relief and rescue operation in J&K.

23 Feb 2005 description

SRINAGAR, India, Feb 23 (Reuters) - Indian authorities stepped up rescue operations in Indian Kashmir on Wednesday as the death toll from devastating avalanches at the weekend mounted to 225, officials said.

23 Feb 2005 description

An onslaught of snow and avalanches has taken over a thousand lives across India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. In Indian-controlled Kashmir (IcK), a series of avalanches have left at least 230 people dead and hundreds more missing. The Union Ministry of Home Affairs is coordinating rescue and relief with the state government. Additionally, the Indian army is flying in doctors, nurses, and civilian rescuers to the region and providing them with snowmobiles to reach remote survivors. India has not requested international assistance.

23 Feb 2005 description

Ref: OCHA/GVA -2005/44
OCHA Situation Report No. 1
India - Avalanches

22 Feb 2005 description
report Government of India

SITREP-3 1900 HRS.
Heavy Snow/ Avalanche

No.10-1/2005-NDM-I
Government of India
Ministry of Home Affairs
National Disaster Management Division

North Block, New Delhi

21 Feb 2005 description
report Government of India

SITREP-2 1900 HRS.
Heavy Snow/ Avalanche

No.10-1/2005-NDM-I
Government of India
Ministry of Home Affairs
National Disaster Management Division

North Block, New Delhi