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Death Toll from Snowstorms, Avalanches in Indian Kashmir Approaches 200

The Indian army is warning of more avalanches in Indian Kashmir as the death toll from snowstorms, massive snow slides and subzero temperatures approaches 200.

According to the latest reports, at least 175 people are confirmed dead and several hundred remain missing after avalanches buried entire villages under seven to ten meters of snow.

The weather improved Tuesday, but brought with it fears of more snow slides as the snow started to melt.

The army, backed by police and para-military forces and civilian volunteers, is trying to find survivors in six villages south of Srinagar flattened by weekend snow slides. Many villages remain inaccessible.

Indian army officials say they hope to have helicopters drop food in affected areas.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.