Published: Sun, January 07, 2018
Industry | By Johnnie Johnson

Avalanche in Kupwara: Three dead bodies out of nine missing recovered

Avalanche in Kupwara: Three dead bodies out of nine missing recovered

A massive rescue operation continued throughout the night in border area of Tangdhar in North Kashmir, where four persons, including a Beacon officer were killed while six others are still missing after a snow avalanche swept away a vehicle at Sadhna top on Friday.

Locals protested against the authorities, demanding construction of a tunnel to avoid frequent accident on the Kupwara-Tangdhar road, particularly at Sadhna top.

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A few passengers managed to survive as the rescue operations progressed in full swing with rescue teams comprising of the police, Army, Mountain Rescue and State Disaster Response Force.

A police officer confirmed to IANS: "Engineer Mangla Prasad Singh was killed. Without the local volunteers, it was quite impossible to recover the bodies in the record time keeping in view the tough terrain and bad weather", he said.

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Officials said that the sub-zero temperatures and looming possibility of further avalanches make rescue operations hard.

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. Their bodies were recovered a few days later. In a separate incident, two soldiers went down a deep gorge in the Nowgam sector along the LoC.

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The Met department has predicted that temperatures could fall down further in most part of Northern India till the end of the first week of January.

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