Avalanche Hits J&K’s Kupwara, 2 Killed


Srinagar: Two persons were killed today when an avalanche hit a place near Sadhna Pass in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, a police official said.

“Two civilians, who were working as Beacon (Border Roads Organisation) labourers, came under an avalanche during snow clearance operation at Khooni Nallah near Sadhna Pass,” he said.

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The official said rescue teams swung into action and pulled out the duo who were buried under a huge mound of snow.

However, both succumbed during treatment at a hospital, he said.

The divisional administration had yesterday issued a medium danger avalanche warning for areas above 3,000 m in Kupwara, Bandipora, Baramulla, Ganderbal and Kargil districts of the state.

People residing in these zones were advised not to venture into avalanche-prone areas and the deputy commissioners of these districts were asked to keep a close watch and take the necessary precautionary measures.