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Two killed in Ramban landslide as efforts are on to rescue trapped policemen at Jawahar Tunnel

  • February 8, 2019

Jammu, Feb 8(KMW): Three cops trapped inside their post under a snow avalanche near Jawahar Tunnel on Srinagar-Jammu National Highway were rescued on Friday, officials said.

Efforts are on to rescue the seven other policemen still feared to be trapped there.

The rescue teams faced lot of difficulty in reaching the avalanche site Friday morning due to strong winds and accumulation of snow, they said.

The avalanche had hit the north portal of Jawahar Tunnel on the Qazigund side in Kulgam district on Thursday evening.

While 10 policemen posted at the police post near the tunnel managed to reach safety before the avalanche struck, 10 other policemen were believed to be trapped.

Kashmir valley has been witnessing heavy snowfall since Wednesday with Kulgam District in south Kashmir receiving maximum precipitation in the past 24 hours.

Some places in the district have received as much as five feet of snow, officials said.

Meanwhile,Two died in landslide on Jammu-Srinagar Highway in Ramban area. Two persons including an assistant accounts officer (AAO) were killed in a landslide on Jammu-Srinagar Highway in Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir Friday, officials said.

The victims were crossing a landslide zone on foot in Maroog area, when landslide suddenly hit them, they said.

The deceased have been identified as AAO Pramod Mankotia, resident of Himachal Pradesh, and Sanjit Lakara of West Bengal.

The bodies have been shifted to district hospital Ramban for further formalities, the official added.

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