Eleven bodies recovered from avalanche site in JK

07 January, 2018, 01:28 | Author: Simon Thompson
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Earlier in the day, five bodies were recovered from a spot in Kupwara where a vehicle carrying six people swept away by a huge avalanche of snow.

An official told speaking to the local media Rising Kashmir that, "We have rescued two people and three dead bodies have also been recovered near the accident site".

The death toll due to the avalanche had reached 11 persons, the DC said, while stating that the rescue operation was nearly over in the area.

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.

A passenger vehicle was hit by a huge avalanche of snow at Khooni Nallah near Sadhna Top on the Kupwara-Tangdhar road on Friday.

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A few passengers managed to survive as the rescue operations progressed in full swing with rescue teams comprising of the police, Army, Mountain Rescue and State Disaster Response Force.

A search and rescue operation was launched but a bad weather was hampering the process, the official said. A Beacon officer's body was found on Friday evening, he said. The Chief Minister expressed sympathies with the bereaved families and prayed for solace to the departed souls.

The incident reportedly happened at 4 pm on the Sadhna Pass which is at a height of 3,000 metres in the Tangdhar region of Kupwara District.

The spokesman said the chief minister directed the Kupwara district administration to ensure all possible medical assistance to the injured.

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