11 killed in avalanche in Kashmir

Avalanche in North Kashmir Nine people feared dead

Eleven people, including a two-year-old child and an engineer of the Border Roads Organisation (BRO), were killed as an avalanche hit north Kashmir's Kupwara district on Friday evening, officials said on Saturday, Hindustan Times reported. Among nine who went missing bodies of four persons have been recovered so far. However, army and police launched a rescue operation and the beacon officer, MP Singh of 109 RCC, was found under the snow and was straight away taken to MI (a mini military hospital) room Chowkibal.

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.

He said police, army, SDRF and local volunteers were taking part in the rescue operation. The survivor was identified as Ghulam Nabi Bhat, son of Ali Mohammed Bhat, a resident of Kalmona, Kralpora, Kupwara. The Chief Minister expressed sympathies with the bereaved families and prayed for solace to the departed souls.

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He said instructions have been given to Deputy Commissioner Kupwara to release the relief immediately.

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 Minister also announced a compensation of Rs 12600 each to the injured persons.

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According to local sources three people along with other six travelling in a passenger vehicle were missing as avalanche hits the road.

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

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