Srinagar, Jan 14: Four army soldiers, a BSF constable and six civilians were killed in multiple avalanches across Kashmir.
An army party was
hit by an avalanche in the Machhil sector close to the Line of Control (LoC) on
Monday night in which five army men were trapped under the snow. Rescue parties
immediately reached the spot and an operation was started.
“We took out all
the five army men buried under the snow while four of them succumbed,” Shriram
Ambarker, SP, Kupwara said.
Border Security Force (BSF) constable was killed after an avalanche hit the
force’s deployment on the Line of Control (LoC) in Naugam sector on Monday
evening, the paramilitary force said on Tuesday.
The incident took
place around 8.30 p.m. after which a search and rescue operation was launched,
the BSF said.
Six out of seven
BSF personnel deployed in the area were safely rescued but one constable was
trapped and he could not be revived despite efforts, said the BSF.
Police, Ganderbal, Khalil Ahmad Paswal said that nine civilians were trapped in
Ganderbal avalanche in which five of them succumbed and four were rescued.
While two dead bodies were found on Monday night while as three of them were
found on Tuesday.
civilians have been identified as Mohammad Sadiq, Showkhat Ahmad, Ishtiiyaq
Ahmad, Dawood Ahmad and Mohammad Akhbar Bhat.
another incident four members of a family were injured after avalanche hit
Purana Tulail (PTL) area of Gurez sector on Monday evening. An official said
that one of the injured persons succumbed to his injuries today morning. The
deceased was identified as Abdul Rehman Lone of PTL.
He said that the
injured were identified as Fatima, Nazir Ahmad and Fatima. They were being
treated at a health facility in PTL.
houses and a cowshed were partially damaged in Bhat Mohalla area of Bagtore
after minor avalanche hit the village yesterday, local sources said.
incident, three residential houses and a cowshed were damaged in Korakbal area
of Gurez last night while in another incident two residential houses were
partially damaged and six shops were completely damaged in Baduaab area of
Tulail today morning.
In Ladakh region,
Indian Army rescued stranded ‘Chadar’ trek tourists on Tuesday. “Multiple
search and rescue columns of the Fire and Fury Corps were launched to rescue a
group of tourists who were stranded in bad weather while undertaking the annual
‘Chadar Trek on the frozen Zanskar River in Ladakh,” the force said.
swiftly to request received from the Union Territory administration, columns
were launched from two directions to reach the tourists who were stuck at Niraq
village along the Zanskar River.
the Army Aviation Corps were also pressed into service for the purpose.
Despite the inclement
weather and narrow valleys of the Zanskar river, Army helicopters managed to
land at a makeshift helipad in Niraq and inducted a column of Army personnel to
coordinate the rescue operations.
Six tourists who
were suffering from effects of frostbite and High Altitude Pulmonary Odema
(HAPO) were evacuated by the helicopters to the Army medical facility in Leh.
“An Army Medical
Officer was also inducted to provide immediate medical aid to the tourists.
Medicines, emergency rations and warm clothing was also inducted by the
helicopters,” said the force.
The Chadar Trek
is an annual winter event in Ladakh popular among tourists wherein the trek is
undertaken on the frozen Zanskar river over a period of four to five days, with
staging halts in between.