Sadna Top avalanche: Beacon official killed

Sadna Top avalanche: Beacon official killed

With the recovery of two more bodies on Saturday, the overall death toll rose to eleven in separate avalanches near Sadhna Top in Tangdar sector of north Kashmir's Kupwara district.

The death toll due to the avalanche had reached 11 persons, the DC said, while stating that the rescue operation was nearly over in the area.

"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".

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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. The person identified as Ghulam Nabi Bhat was immediately shifted to nearby hospital for treatment.

A massive rescue operation has been launched by police and army despite snowing and very poor visibility, a police official told UNI over phone from Kupwara. "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.

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

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In a first avalanche, two beacon officials came under a snow avalanche adjacent to Sadhna top.

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.

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