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Killer avalanches take lives of five in Indian-held Kashmir

SRINAGAR: Avalanches killed five people in Indian-held Kashmir on Wednesday - four members of a family whose home was buried under snow and an Indian soldier stationed at a military base. The four family members died when an avalanche ripped through the small village of Badugam in the Gurez area, close to Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), while they were asleep in their home. Police and rescuers managed to pull an 18-year-old from the mounds of snow but he was the sole survivor. "The avalanche struck the village at 4:00…