J&K Avalanche: 9 missing, search and rescue operations underway

Delia Walker
January 7, 2018

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.

Three people, including a 7-year-old, were also rescued one day after the Friday avalanche in the region's northwest Tangdhar, Kupwara district. However, according to a current report the three rescued have been identified.

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. He was immediately shifted to hospital for treatment.

The rescue operation continued during the intervening night of Friday-Saturday.

A search and rescue operation was launched but a bad weather was hampering the process, the official said.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has expressed grief and sorrow over the incident.

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

Meanwhile, Minister for Disaster Management Relief Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Javaid Mustafa Mir sanctioned ex-gratia relief of Rs 4 lakh under State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) in favour of each of the 10 deceased killed in an avalanche at Sadna top.

The deputy Commissioner appreciated the role of local volunteers and insisted that without their help, the rescue would not have been so immediate.

Mir also issued directions to provide better medical facilities to the injured, the spokesman said.

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