March 2005 News

Toll In Snow-hit Areas Of J&K Climbs To 315

12 March 2005

Srinagar: With the recovery of three more bodies, including that of a woman, from the worst-hit Waltingu village, the number of those killed in the recent snowfall and avalanches that hit Jammu and Kashmir has risen to 315, official sources said today. The bodies of the three persons identified as Ghulam Nabi, Manzoor Ahmad and Ruqaiya Begum were recovered by the search parties from the village last evening, raising the number of killed in the village to 171 and in the state to 315, the sources said. They said the bodies were dug out 20 days after snow, avalanches and blizzard buried the entire village and led to the collapse of almost all houses there. The number of persons still missing is 33 and efforts are on to locate them, the sources said. Sixty-five more persons including 19 securitymen and six border roads organisation (BRO) personnel were killed in various avalanches in the valley, while 79 persons lost their lives in Jammu division, the sources said. They said of the 613 rescued people, 530 including 154 in injured condition were rescued in kashmir and 79 (13 in injured condition) in Jammu region. Similarly, 18 more persons were still missing in Jammu region, the sources said. The search operation to trace the missing persons was still continuing across the state with police and ITBP personnel in the forefront.


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