Avalanche in India leaves 11 dead

07 January, 2018, 01:28 | Author: Sergio Cook
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Kupwara: Three survivors emerged from Friday's avalanche near Sadhna Top in north Kashmir's Kupwara district, while 10 bodies were recovered from underneath the snow on Saturday by the police, the army and the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) with the help of local people.

One of the 11 victims of the avalanche was a one-year-old baby, while a seven-year-old boy was rescued from underneath the snow, say local reports.

The avalanche hit an area near Sadhna Top in Kupwara between 1515 hrs to 1530 hrs. The person identified s Ghulam Nabi Bhat s/o Ali Mohd Bhat of Kalmoona, Taratpora was immediacy shifted to nearby hospital for treatment. Heavy and continuous snowfall in the area though had made it hard for local teams to locate the vehicle and its passengers. "While one of them, that of beacon officer MP Singh, was found late Friday evening, remaining bodies were recovered on Saturday", He said, adding that three persons were already rescued and have been hospitalised. "His body has been recovered", he said.

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In a first avalanche, two beacon officials came under a snow avalanche adjacent to Sadhna top.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today expressed grief and sorrow over the incident, an official spokesman said.

The spokesman said the chief minister directed the Kupwara district administration to ensure all possible medical assistance to the injured. Conveying sympathies with the bereaved families, the Minister prayed for peace to the departed souls.

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