Sikkim receives heavy snowfall in the higher altitude regions, all throughout the year, especially during the winter months from January to March. The snow line ranges from 20,000 feet in the north to 16,000 feet in the south and the region has reported frequent avalanche incidents. Most of the times the victims have been army personals patrolling the high posts, mountain climbers and tourists. Many of these regions are remote and lack proper communication channels which further aggravate the situation. Owing to growing tourism and its benefits on the socio economic condition of the mountain regions and the increasing number of fatalities to army personals securing the borders, it has become very crucial to proactively manage disasters due to avalanche, taking an approach of avoidance instead of a relief centric approach.

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