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J&K: Avalanche kills 11 in Kupwara district

07 January, 2018, 01:28 | Author: Janis Wilson
  • Avalanche in North Kashmir Nine people feared dead

Nine bodies were recovered and one person was found alive on Saturday after they were buried under snow following an avalanche in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district.

"Five bodies were recovered on Saturday from the avalanche site", deputy commissioner Kupwara Khalid Jehangir told PTI.

Jehangir said a total of eleven people were killed in the avalanche.

Earlier on Friday, two among the 12 passengers rescued from the spot were identified as 10 year old boy, Rashid Naseer Parray of Sulaiman Tangdarh and Ghulam Nabi Bhat, son of Ali Muhammad Bhat of Kupwara.

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According to local sources three people along with other six travelling in a passenger vehicle were missing as avalanche hits the road.

However, rescue teams of police and Army joined by locals have rescued a child and an elderly person and shifted them to hospital.

Officials said that the Rashid is now undergoing treatment at District Hospital Kupwara while Bhat has been shifted to SKIMS Soura for specialized treatment. "His body has been recovered while rescue operation to locate the eight missing people continued", the official added. A Beacon officer's body was found on Friday evening, he said. Heavy and continuous snowfall in the area though had made it hard for local teams to locate the vehicle and its passengers.

In a first avalanche, two beacon officials came under a snow avalanche adjacent to Sadhna top. An official statement said that she has directed the Kupwara district administration to ensure all possible medical assistance to those injured in the accident.



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