Avalanche in Kupwara: Three dead bodies out of nine missing recovered

Avalanche in border area in north Kashmir nine people swept into gorge

Kupwara (Jammu and Kashmir), Jan 06 (ANI): At least nine people went missing after an avalanche hit the Kupwara-Tangdhar road in Jammu and Kashmir, on Friday afternoon.

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

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.

It is reported that 11 passengers are confirmed dead as rescue operations have stopped, as per local reports.

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In one incident the avalanche swept away twelve people - including seven in a passenger vehicle - while at another the BRO official MP Singh was hit while on duty on Friday evening, a senior police officer said.

A search and rescue operation was launched but a bad weather was hampering the process, the official said. The authorities have rushed SDRF and mountaineer rescue teams for help. He was immediately shifted to hospital for treatment. "His body has been recovered", he said.

Meanwhile the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti expressed grief and sorrow over the burying alive of ten persons in the snow avalanche at the Sadhna Top in Kupwara district.

The driver Zahoor Ahmad Khan s/o Maqsood Ahmad Khan r/o Chetarkote, Karnah, jumped in the nick of time while as the vehicle was swept away by the avalanche, taking with it the six persons travelling in it. The Chief Minister expressed sympathies with the bereaved families and prayed for solace to the departed souls.

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