J&K: Avalanche kills 11 in Kupwara district

Since December 21 Kashmir is experiencing the Chillai Kalan- a 40-day harshest period of winter when snowfall are frequent and the temperature drops considerably

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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.

"Earlier, nine bodies were recovered".

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. 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.

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One of the 11 victims of the avalanche was a one-year-old baby, while a seven-year-old boy was rescued from underneath the snow, say local reports.

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

Among dead include a couple as well as Mother-daughter duo.

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A passenger vehicle was hit by a huge avalanche of snow at Khooni Nallah near Sadhan Top on the Kupwara-Tangdhar road on Friday.

The chief minister conveyed her sympathies to the bereaved families, he said.

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister has directed the Kupwara district administration to ensure all possible medical assistance to the injured in the accident.

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Minister for Tourism, Tassaduq Hussain Mufti also expressed grief and prayed for peace to the departed souls.

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