4 Missing After Avalanche Hits Vehicle In Jammu And Kashmir's Kupwara

Rescue operations are difficult due to temperature being several degrees below zero

Srinagar:  At least four people went missing after a vehicle they were travelling in was hit by an avalanche in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Friday. Three others have been rescued with teams of police, army, State Disaster Response Force and Mountain Rescue continuing search and rescue operations.

Four bodies have been found so far, police said today.

The incident took place at Sadhna Top in Tangdhar area of the district at 4 pm on Friday. The missing people were reportedly on their way from Kupwara to Karnah in a Tata Sumo.

A Border Roads Organisation engineer, who was also hit by an avalanche in the same area, was recovered but could not be revived as there was no doctor available at the avalanche site, people familiar with the matter said.

“Engineer Mangla Prasad Singh was killed. His body has been recovered,” a police officer said, news agency IANS reported.

Rescue operations are extremely difficult due to temperature being several degrees below zero.