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Global Profile
Scientists estimate that there are more than 1 million avalanches each year ranging from snow falling off a roof to entire mountainsides of snow traveling for miles. Each year avalanches kill 150 people worldwide and some 25 people in the United States

Avalanche Fatalities by Geography and Year
Continent 1996/97 1997/98 1998/99 1999/00 1999/00
North America 33 48 49 35 21
Europe 31 20 95 54 30
Asia 109 45 42 11 3
Latin America 2 3 - 7 -
Australia/New Zealand 3 - - 2 -
Russia & ex-CIS 4 57 8 19 -
Middle East (Turkey, Iran etc) 6 47 4 20 12
Total 188 220 198 148 66
Source: http://www.ifyouski.com/avalanche/nivologie

Indian Profile
In India Snow avalanches have long posed a hazard and risk to indigenous population of the Himalaya and Trans-himalaya mountains. In states like J&K, HP and Uttaranchal, avalanches are one of the major natural hazard which takes its toll in terms of human and properties such as communication line, highway, etc.
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