Srinagar: A 25-year-old man died while as another was injured when an avalanche hit Malangam area in Bandipora district on Wednesday evening, police sources said.
According to the reports, an avalanche on Wednesday struck Hassangam-Malangam area in Tulail area of Bandipora district, resulting in injuries to two persons, a police official said.
The injured persons were shifted to sub district hospital at Tulail where one of them succumbed, the official said.
He said the deceased has been identified as Abdul Aziz Beigh, while the injured person has been identified as Haleem Beigh (23).
Meanwhile, a joint rescue team of police, army and state disaster response force on Thursay recovered bodies of three persons who came under an avalanche in Kupwara district on February 24.
“Bodies of three persons who went missing on February 24 after they were hit by an avalanche at Guchibal Behak in Kupwara district were recovered today by the joint rescue team of police, SDRF and army,” a police spokesman said.
Sub Divisional Magistrate Lolab, Ahmad Hussain Bhat said that bodies of Altaf Ahmad Mir (25) son of Bashir Ahmad Mir, Bashir Ahmad Ganie (37) son of Ghulam Rasool Ganie and Ghulam Mohd Lone son of Ali Mohammad Lone all residents of Warnow, Lolab were found from under snow by a special rescue team which was deputed to the area on Wednesday.
A rescue team of army’s 18 RR, police and SDRF comprising of 82 persons who have expertise in the field were deputed on Wednesday morning to the avalanche spot. Many civilian volunteers had also gone the spot to take part in the rescue operation.
Earlier, a rescue team comprising of police, army, and SDRF had returned back owing to the lack of expertise even though they spent two-days to reach the place and ultimately couldn’t retrieve the missing persons due to the challenging circumstances as the area was covered under massive snow.
On Saturday five persons had gone to the area for hunting. As the avalanche struck, two among them had a miraculous escape while three others were buried under snow.
Meanwhile, the SDM said that he has requested Deputy Commissioner Kupwara to make the arrangement for a helicopter to carry the bodies to their native place.
“It is otherwise impossible to carry the bodies from that place to main Lolab area and onwards to their respective families for last rites,” the SDM said.