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Massive avalanche hits Khardung La in Leh, 5 killed

Massive avalanche hits Khardung La in Leh, 5 killed
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Five people reported missing as rescue operation continues

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Srinagar: Five persons were killed and five others were missing after their truck came under an avalanche in the Khardung La area of the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday, officials said.
The avalanche hit the truck carrying 10 persons at Khardungla pass in Ladakh region at 7.00 am on Friday, an official of the Border Roads Organisation said.
“Two trucks along with ten civilians were buried under an avalanche of approx 20 feet depth, at Khardungla Top towards South Pullu on Friday. Soon after getting this report army teams deployed near the incident site swiftly moved and commenced the search and rescue operations,” a statement issued by the army said here.
“Troops deployed at South Pullu and North Pulluwere also moved to the incident site. Simultaneously, the Army Aviation helicopters were pressed into action to move the highly trained avalanche rescue teams of the Army from Siachen Base Camp and North Pullu,” the statement added.
“Out of the 10 civilians reported to be buried under the avalanche, four bodies have so far been recovered and mangled pieces of one of the tippers was found on the steep slopes below the road,” the statement added.
Meanwhile, a police official said that policemen alongwith the army and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) personnel have reached the spot for rescue operations.
“So far, the bodies of five persons have been recovered from the avalanche site, while a search is on for the other missing persons,” he said.

Governor grieved, announces ex-gratia
Governor Satya Pal Malik has expressed grief over loss of precious lives due to snow avalanche at Khardung La in Leh district, on Friday morning.
In his message Governor has prayed for eternal peace to the departed souls and strength to the bereaved families in their hour of grief.
Governor has announced an ex-gratia relief of Rs 5 lakh for the next of the Kin of those killed in the Avalanche.


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