Engineer killed, eight missing in J&K avalanche

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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. Last month, three soldiers went missing when an avalanche hit their outpost Gurez - their bodies recovered days later. "While one of them, that of beacon officer MP Singh, was found late Friday evening, remaining bodies were recovered on Saturday", He said, adding that three persons were already rescued and have been hospitalised. The authorities have rushed SDRF and mountaineer rescue teams for help.

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.

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

The incident reportedly happened at 4 pm on the Sadhna Pass which is at a height of 3,000 metres in the Tangdhar region of Kupwara District.

Among dead include a couple as well as Mother-daughter duo. The survivor was identified as Ghulam Nabi Bhat, son of Ali Mohammed Bhat, a resident of Kalmona, Kralpora, Kupwara.

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She conveyed her sympathies to the bereaved families.

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

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

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

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