Nine bodies were recovered and one person was found alive on Saturday after they were buried under snow following an avalanche in Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district.
Deputy Commissioner Khalid Jehangir told news gathering agency GNS that two more bodies were recovered in the afternoon.
The death toll due to the avalanche had reached 11 persons, the DC said, while stating that the rescue operation was nearly over in the area. Search teams rescued a child from the vehicle while six other passengers were missing.
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In one incident the avalanche swept away twelve people - including seven in a passenger vehicle - while at another the BRO official MP Singh was hit while on duty on Friday evening, a senior police officer said. The person identified as Ghulam Nabi Bhat was immediately shifted to nearby hospital for treatment. "Without the local volunteers, it was quite impossible to recover the bodies in the record time keeping in view the tough terrain and bad weather", he said. They were standing near their vehicle when the avalanche struck and swept away both of them along with their vehicle. An official statement said that she has directed the Kupwara district administration to ensure all possible medical assistance to those injured in the accident.
Locals protested against the authorities, demanding construction of a tunnel to avoid frequent accident on the Kupwara-Tangdhar road, particularly at Sadhna top. Conveying sympathies with the bereaved families, the Minister prayed for peace to the departed souls.