One more cop’s body found, toll in snow avalanches 11 in Anantnag

ESS AHMAD. Dated: 2/10/2019 2:42:14 PM

ANANTNAG, Jan 9: Rescue teams on Saturday recovered one more body from the site of an avalanche near Jawahar tunnel in southern Anantnag district taking the death toll to eight.
Officials said the rescue teams including police, NDRF and locals resumed the search and rescue operation Saturday morning to locate the body of the missing cop. After hours of rescue operation, the rescuers, officials said, retrieved the dead body of the police constable identified as Parvez Ahmad of Ganderbal.
"The two day rescue operation concluded this afternoon with the recovery of the dead body of the last missing cop," an official said.
A total of ten persons including six cops, two fire service men and two prisoners had got trapped under the snow after an avalanche had hit a police post on Thursday evening following the heavy snowfall in the area.
On Thursday rescue teams including local residents had recovered the dead bodies of seven persons besides rescuing three cops alive from the mounds of snow.
With the recovery of eight bodies from snow avalanche the total number of deaths in the heaviest snowfall in the district has mounted to eleven.
Earlier on Thursday evening, a couple hailing from Sonbrari Kokernag was killed after the snow avalanche hit and buried their residential house. Two children of the deceased couple, however, were rescued alive from the snow mounds.
In Larnoo area of the district, another man was killed after coming under the snow avalanche in a forest area where, according to reports, he had gone to collect wood.
Even as the rescue operation ended, authorities are trying to open the tubes of the tunnel which have been blocked by the snow. An official said both the tubes of the tunnel are virtually buried under the snow and efforts are on to open the tubes to clear the national highway for traffic movement.
"Both men and machinery have been pressed into service to clear the road but nothing can be said how many days it will take," the official said.
Meanwhile, reports reaching from many areas of Shopian, Kulgam and Anantnag said that the authorities had not cleared the snow from roads causing huge inconvenience to the people. The locals of many areas shared the videos of snow-covered roads on social media appealing to the authorities for snow clearance. A video of from Keller area of Shopian showing huge mounds of snow on roads was widely shared on social media. In the video people were appealing the authorities to clear the roads so that they can move out.
Reports of non-clearance of roads were also received from several far-off areas of Kulgam.
Meanwhile, people living along Mattan-Srigufwara road in district Anantnag complained that the authorities did not properly clear the road.
"They cleared the road in such a way that not even a single vehicle could ply on the road. Many vehicles which plied on the road during the day slipped at several places as most of the snow is still on the road," villagers told Kashmir Times.



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