Kupwara avalanche: 7-year-old boy found alive, 4 bodies recovered

07 January, 2018, 01:29 | Author: Julian Harrison
  • 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

Earlier in the day, five bodies were recovered from a spot in Kupwara where a auto carrying six people swept away by a huge avalanche of snow.

Deputy Commissioner Kupwara Khalid Jahangir told Kashmir Reader that bodies of 10 people, both men and women, were recovered from the snow.

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.

"A passenger was pulled out of the snow in the early hours of Saturday morning, while a child was rescued soon after the accident last evening".




In another avalanche hit, seven persons on board a Sumo vehicle bearing registration number JK09A- 3249, were buried under snow when the vehicle they were travelling in came under an avalanche at Khoni Nallah near Sadhna Top. Officials said that a joint rescue operation was launched by the police, the Army, the SDRF and local people on Friday afternoon when the avalanche hit the area. The person identified s Ghulam Nabi Bhat s/o Ali Mohd Bhat of Kalmoona, Taratpora was immediacy shifted to nearby hospital for treatment.

The Chief Minister has conveyed her sympathies with the bereaved families and prayed for solace to the departed souls.

The incident reportedly happened at 4 pm on the Sadhna Pass which is at a height of 3,000 metres in the Tangdhar region of Kupwara District.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister has directed the Kupwara district administration to ensure all possible medical assistance to the injured in the accident.

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