J&K: Avalanche toll reaches 17
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Last Updated: Friday, February 24, 2012, 23:49
Srinagar: With the recovery of the body of one more victim from Gurez sector, the toll on Friday rose to 17 in the avalanches in Kashmir Valley, officials said.

Gurez sector in Bandipora district alone accounted for 14 deaths. 13 personnel were rescued and an equal number of bodies recovered yesterday after the avalanche hit the workshop of 109 Infantry Brigade at Dawar on Wednesday, burying 29 jawans under it.

While the body of one out of the three missing was found today, search was on for the other two, the officials said.

Three other army jawans were killed in another avalanche that hit an army camp in Sonamarg area of Central Kashmir the same day.

Meanwhile, floral tributes were offered to the three soldiers who were killed in the Sonamarg avalanche.

Meanwhile, Assembly Speaker Mohammad Akbar Lone today directed the government to take immediate measures to provide relief to the next of kin of those killed and compensation to the affected.

His ruling came after members, including Chaman Lal Gupta, Nazir Ahmed Gurezi and G M Saroori, raised the matter in the House, which later observed silence as a mark of respect to the victims.


First Published: Friday, February 24, 2012, 23:49

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