Avalanche in India leaves 11 dead

Since December 21 Kashmir is experiencing the Chillai Kalan- a 40-day harshest period of winter when snowfall are frequent and the temperature drops considerably

Avalanche in India leaves 11 dead

An engineer of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) was killed and eight people were reported missing after an avalanche in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district, police said on Saturday.

Deputy Commissioner said that soon after the unfortunate incident, the whole men and machinery was put into motion to rescue the missing persons.

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.

The tragedy struck on Friday afternoon when a passenger Tata Sumo going to Tangdar from Kupwara, bearing registration number JK09A/3249, and a Beacon vehicle, and also some pedestrians were hit by an avalanche near Sadhna Top on the Kupwara-Tangdar road.

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The body of a Beacon officer was recovered last night after rescue operations were launched, Jehangir said, adding that a total of eleven people were killed in the avalanche.

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 authorities have rushed SDRF and mountaineer rescue teams for help. "His body has been recovered", he said. They were standing near their vehicle when the avalanche struck and swept away both of them along with their vehicle.

A similar incident happened in the month of December when two soldiers fell down a gorge in the Nowgam area in Jammu and Kashmir.

The MeT department has predicted that the cold wave in the state and across most parts of northern India is likely to continue till the end of the week.

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