Kupwara avalanche claims 11 lives, eight-year old among three rescued

Kupwara avalanche claims 11 lives, eight-year old among three rescued

Eleven people have been killed due to an avalanche in Kupwara district on Friday, reports quoting officials say.

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

“Ten bodies were recovered today from the avalanche site,” deputy commissioner Kupwara Khalid Jehangir told news agency PTI.

The body of a Beacon officer was recovered last night after rescue operations were launched, Jehangir said, adding that a total of eleven people were killed in the avalanche.

Three people, including an eight-year old boy, have been pulled out alive from the avalanche site, he said.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed grief and sorrow over the incident, an official spokesman said.

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

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

Meanwhile, Minister for Disaster Management, Relief Rehabilitation and Reconstruction and Floriculture, Javaid Mustafa Mir, today announced a compensation under the State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF) of Rs 4 lakh each to the next of kin of those killed in the snow avalanche.

The minister also announced a compensation of Rs 12,600 each to the injured, he said, adding that the minister expressed his deepest condolences to the bereaved families and assured them of every possible support from the state government.

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

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