Avalanche kills at least 1 man in Indian Kashmir

March 20, 2012 - 7:36 AM
India Kashmir Weather

Kashmiri Muslims wait outside their home after a part of its roof was destroyed in a storm on the outskirts of Srinagar, India, Tuesday, March 20, 2012. Strong winds shattered windows, pulled rooftops off homes and uprooted trees across the region late Monday. Hundreds of homes were damaged in the main city of Srinagar and elsewhere, authorities said. (AP Photo/ Dar Yasin)

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — An avalanche caused 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. It was on India's side of the militarized cease-fire line that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

Frequent snow and rain make avalanches and landslides common in Kashmir.

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.