In Kupwara, week-long search operation ends with recovery of three bodies
Srinagar: A 25-year-old man died and another was injured in an avalanche in Bandipora district while bodies of three persons buried under an avalanche last week were recovered on Thursday, police said on Thursday.
An avalanche in Hassangam-Malangam area in Tulail area of Bandipora injured two persons, one of whom succumbed to the injuries, a police official said.
He said the injured persons were shifted to sub-district hospital at Tulail where one of them died.
He said the deceased has been identified as Abdul Aziz Beigh, and the injured person has been identified as Haleem Beigh, 23.
In Kupwara district, a joint rescue team of police, army and state disaster response force (SDRF) on Thursday recovered the bodies of three persons who were buried under an avalanche in a forest area on February 24.
The bodies of Bashir Ahmed, Ghulam Mohd Lone, and Mohammed Altaf, all residents of village Warnow, Lolab, were retrieved after strenuous efforts by the rescue teams comprising more than 100 personnel who were helped by locals.
Minister for Disaster Management, Relief Rehabilitation & Reconstruction, Javaid Mustafa Mir, announced an ex-gratia relief of Rs 4 lakh each to the next of kin of the three killed persons.
The ex-gratia relief was provided to the families under the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF), the minister said.
He appreciated the rescue teams and the local volunteers for accomplishing the challenging task despite the harsh terrain and inclement weather.
The minister expressed deepest condolences to the bereaved families and directed the health department to provide best medical facilities to the two survivors of the Kupwara avalanche. The minister was personally monitoring the search and rescue operation and had directed Deputy Commissioners of Bandipora and Kupwara to not discontinue the search operation till the bodies were recovered.
The minister asked the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir and District Disaster Management authorities to take note why such an incident occurred when avalanche warning was already issued. He stressed on pre-emptive measures to prevent such incidents in the future.
Director, Disaster Management, Aamir Ali appealed to people living in avalanche-prone areas to adhere to warnings that are issued on daily basis through print and electronic media.
Meanwhile, on the basis of information received from Snow & Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE), the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) on Thursday issued medium-danger avalanche warning for Baramulla, Gulmarg, Furkian-Z Gali, Kupwara-Chowkibal-Tangdhar, Bandipora and Kargil areas.
The SDMA also issued low-danger avalanche warning for Poonch, Rajouri, Reasi, Ramban, Doda, Kishtwar Udhampur, Anantnag, Kulgam, Badgam, Leh districts and the Srinagar-Jammu national highway.
People living in these areas have been advised to take precautionary measures.