Toll in twin landslides reaches 20

Toll in twin landslides reaches 20

Body of boy trapped in debris in Ledan retrieved after 5 days; 3 soldiers killed in Leh avalanche

Nayeem Rather  
Srinagar: Rescue teams on Saturday recovered the bodies of three people, including a minor, who were buried under landslides in Budgam and Doda districts of the state.
The body of Faisal Hajam, 7, son of Ghulam Nabi Hajam was retrieved by the rescue teams from Ledan village of Budgam on Saturday, five days after the landslides hit the village burying 16 members of two families, including Faisal, officials told Kashmir Reader Thursday.
The body was later buried in the local graveyard where few days ago his family members, including his mother, had been laid to rest.
“After the continued effort of the police and the locals, the body was recovered today. The search operation has been called off,” deputy commissioner Budgam Mir Altaf told Kashmir Reader.
He said that delay in recovering the body of the minor was caused because the debris of the house had sunk several feet.
Meanwhile, the rescue teams recovered two more bodies from the debris of the house that collapsed after being hit by a landslide in the Diwalkund area of the mountainous Doda district, senior superintendent of police (SSP) Doda Javed Naseeb Manhas said.
He said efforts were on to trace three more persons who are missing after the incident.

3 soldiers killed in Leh avalanche
Three soldiers were killed and another went missing after their vehicle was hit by an avalanche in Ladakh region, officials said Saturday.
The incident took place on Friday when the vehicle was swept by an avalanche in the remote Changla village of Leh district. Soon after the incident, rescue teams of army reached the spot and recovered bodies of two soldiers.
“Two other soldiers were rescued in serious condition. However, they later succumbed. Another soldier is missing,” officials added.