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Engineer killed, eight missing in J&K avalanche

07 January 2018

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.

"The driver of a passenger vehicle affected by the avalanche had escaped unhurt", Kupwara deputy commissioner Khalid Jahangir told Hindustan Times.

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Meanwhile Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti has expressed grief and sorrow over the burying alive of ten persons in a snow avalanche at the Sadhna Top in Kupwara district.

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 rescued persons were shifted to hospital, they added. A search and rescue operation has been launched, but fog and darkness are hampering the process.

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

Soon after the bodies of passengers travelling in the Sumo vehicle were recovered on Saturday morning, local people staged a protest against the government for not building a tunnel in the accident-prone area. "His body has been recovered", he said.

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The spokesman said the chief minister directed the Kupwara district administration to ensure all possible medical assistance to the injured.

Engineer killed, eight missing in J&K avalanche