BRO engineer killed, 8 missing in avalanche in J-K's Kupwara

Kupwara avalanche: 7-year-old boy found alive, 4 bodies recovered

Earlier in the day, five bodies were recovered from a spot in Kupwara where a vehicle carrying six people swept away by a huge avalanche of snow.

Deputy Commissioner Khalid Jehangir told news gathering agency GNS that two more bodies were recovered in the afternoon.

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Three people, including a 7-year-old, were also rescued one day after the Friday avalanche in the region's northwest Tangdhar, Kupwara district.

"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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However, if the storm heads east and out into seas, the amount of snow will decrease and wind speeds will die down. Forecasters are calling the process causing these low temps in Florida a " Bomb Cyclone " or " Bombogenesis '".

The avalanche hit an area near Sadhna Top in Kupwara between 1515 hrs to 1530 hrs. 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.

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. The person identified as Ghulam Nabi Bhat was immediately shifted to nearby hospital for treatment. "His body has been recovered", he said. The vehicle was reportedly carrying passengers who were caught in the avalanche in North Kashmir border area. The Chief Minister expressed sympathies with the bereaved families and prayed for solace to the departed souls.

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The Minister expressed deepest condolences with the bereaved families and assured every possible support to them by the state government.

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