Eleven bodies recovered from avalanche site in JK

Eleven bodies recovered from avalanche site in JK

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.

Deputy commissioner Kupwara Khalid Jehangir said during the searches, 10 bodies were recovered from the avalanche site today.

Nearly three hours after the avalanches, a seven-year-old was found alive and shifted to Kupwara hospital, from where he was referred to Srinagar for specialised treatment.

According to reports that total number of people killed in the avalanche has risen to ten.

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A cab was swept away by a snow avalanche at Sadhna top while another avalanche hit a BEACON officer on Friday between 1515 hrs to 1530 hrs. The authorities have rushed SDRF and mountaineer rescue teams for help. The person identified s Ghulam Nabi Bhat s/o Ali Mohd Bhat of Kalmoona, Taratpora was immediacy shifted to nearby hospital for treatment. The body of Beacon officer M P Singh was recovered last night since it was near the road, they said.

Locals protested against the authorities, demanding construction of a tunnel to avoid frequent accident on the Kupwara-Tangdhar road, particularly at Sadhna top. Heavy and continuous snowfall in the area though had made it hard for local teams to locate the vehicle and its passengers.

She conveyed her sympathies to the bereaved families.

Minister for Tourism, Tassaduq Hussain Mufti also expressed grief and prayed for peace to the departed souls.

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