Beacon officer, six civilians missing as 2 avalanches strike Sadhna top Kupwara

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Srinagar: Seven persons including sector commander of Beacon are missing as two separate avalanches struck Sadhna Top in Tanghdar sector of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Friday.

In a first avalanche, two beacon officials came under a snow avalanche adjacent to Sadhna top. While one of them was injured, a sector commander of beacon was swept away and is missing, official sources told news agency GNS.

Sources identify the beacon officer as MP Singh of 109 RCC.

In another avalanche, seven persons on board a sumo (bering registration number JK09A- 3249) came under an avalanche at Khoni Nallah near Sadhna Top.

The driver Zahoor Ahmad Khan s/o Maqsood Ahmad Khan r/o Chetarkote, Karnah, jumped in sneak of time while as vehicle was swept away by the avalanche and six persons are missing.

Sources said that there are no traces of vehicle so far even as administration has launched search operation to find out the missing.

SSP Kupwara Shamsheer Hussain confirmed the incidents to GNS and said that they deputed a special rescue team soon after they have received the information about the avalanches.

“We are trying our level best to rescue the missing even as fresh snowfall has started in the area which is hampering the operation.” (GNS)

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