Srinagar: Seven bodies, including that of five policemen, have been recovered from near the police post in Jawahar Tunnel area in Kulgam district from where an avalanche was reported. One policeman was still missing, said ANI.
The condition of two policemen who were rescued in the morning was stable.
An official said an avalanche hit the north portal of Jawahar Tunnel on the Qazigund side in Kulgam district on Thursday evening. While ten cops were able to rush to safety, ten others were trapped. Rescue teams faced a lot of difficulty in reaching the avalanche site on Friday morning due to strong winds and accumulation of snow, officials said.
Heavy snowfall across Kashmir over the past two days has triggered avalanches and snowslides in many places in the hilly areas of the Valley.
In another second incident, a couple died after their house was buried in a snowslide in Anantnag district on Thursday evening but rescue teams managed to pull out their two children alive.
The victims were identified as Bashir Ahmad Qureshi and his wife. The incident occurred at Sonabrari-Magam in Kokernag area of the district, an official said.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik has expressed grief over the loss of lives in the Jawahar Tunnel avalanche.
The Governor has prayed for eternal peace to the departed souls and strength to the bereaved families.
The authorities have issued an avalanche warning for 16 of the 22 districts of Jammu and Kashmir Kulgam district in south Kashmir received maximum precipitation in the past 24 hours. Some places in the district have received as much as five feet of snow, they said.