A 7-year-old boy has reportedly been found alive under the snow after nine people went missing when an avalanche hit north Kashmir's Kupwara district yesterday.
An official told speaking to the local media Rising Kashmir that, "We have rescued two people and three dead bodies have also been recovered near the accident site".
Nearly three hours after the avalanches, a seven-year-old was found alive and shifted to Kupwara hospital, from where he was referred to Srinagar for specialised treatment.
Earlier on Friday, two among the 12 passengers rescued from the spot were identified as 10 year old boy, Rashid Naseer Parray of Sulaiman Tangdarh and Ghulam Nabi Bhat, son of Ali Muhammad Bhat of Kupwara.
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A cab was swept away by a snow avalanche at Sadhna top while another avalanche hit a BEACON officer on Friday between 1515 hrs to 1530 hrs.
However, rescue teams of police and Army joined by locals have rescued a child and an elderly person and shifted them to hospital. The rescued persons were shifted to hospital, they added. A Beacon officer's body was found on Friday evening, he said.
Meanwhile, Minister for Disaster Management, Relief Rehabilitation and Reconstruction and Floriculture, Javaid Mustafa Mir, today announced a compensation under the State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF) of Rs 4 lakh each to the next of kin of those killed in the snow avalanche, an official spokesperson said.
Minister for Tourism, Tassaduq Hussain Mufti also expressed grief and prayed for peace to the departed souls.