Avalanche kills at least 1 man in Indian Kashmir

March 20, 2012 2:25:57 AM PDT
Officials say an avalanche triggered by recent rains killed at least one man in the Himalayan territory of Kashmir, while strong winds damaged hundreds of homes.

State disaster management official Amir Ali says rescuers are searching for two other men missing since the avalanche struck Monday night near the militarized cease-fire line that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

Avalanches and landslides are common in Kashmir thanks to heavy snowfall and frequent rain.

Winds gusting up to 27 miles (44 kilometers) per hour shattered windows, pulled rooftops off homes and uprooted trees across the region late Monday. Ali says hundreds of homes were damaged in the main city of Srinagar and elsewhere.

Schools were closed Tuesday as debris was cleared.