Saturday, 20 January, 2018

Engineer killed, eight missing in J&K avalanche

Avalanche-101-21 Avalanche: Nine swept into gorge in border area of Kashmir, rescue ops launched
Pete Mitchell | 07 January, 2018, 01:29

Eleven people, including a two-year-old child and an engineer of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), were killed as an avalanche hit north Kashmir's Kupwara district on Friday evening, officials said on Saturday, Hindustan Times reported.

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

The bodies of three persons, including a woman, have been recovered which are still at 400 feet in the gorge, they said adding the bodies could not be brought to top because of slip and darkness.

The avalanche hit an area near Sadhna Top in Kupwara between 1515 hrs to 1530 hrs. Led by the police and the army, locals also helped in the massive search operation in the snow-lined hilly terrain, officials said.

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Officials said that the Rashid is now undergoing treatment at District Hospital Kupwara while Bhat has been shifted to SKIMS Soura for specialized treatment.

The chief minister conveyed her sympathies to the bereaved families, he said.

Local sources in the area said that Sadhna Top is one of the far-flung areas of the Valley and people there have always been demanding a tunnel to make safe their travel in winter.

Meanwhile, Minister for Disaster Management, Relief Rehabilitation and Reconstruction and Floriculture, Javaid Mustafa Mir, today announced a compensation under the State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF) of Rs 4 lakh each to the next of kin of those killed in the snow avalanche, an official spokesperson said. The Minister also directed to provide better medical facilities to all the injured persons.

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