A Russian skier died after being buried by an avalanche in Gulmarg, police said Friday, the second instance this year of foreigners venturing into avalanche-prone areas at the ski resort despite official warnings.
Four others were rescued alive from the resort and taken to a local hospital for treatment, a police spokesman added.
Authorities had issued an avalanche warning for the higher reaches of Kashmir following fresh snowfall on Monday.
On January 18, a Swedish skier was killed and another injured after they ventured into an avalanche-prone area despite a warning issued by authorities.
Mehmood Ahmad Shah, the state tourism director, said the Russians also ignored an advisory to stay away from the avalanche-prone area. “They were informed and had been given in writing that they wouldn’t go for skiing in the outbound areas as there was an avalanche warning,” he was quoted as saying by media reports.
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