Army rescue 14 civilians stuck in twin avalanches in north Kashmir


SRINAGAR, JANUARY 18: Amid fresh snowfall, Indian Army on Tuesday rescued at least 14 civilians, who had got stranded on the Tangdhar-Chowkibal highway after twin avalanches hit the area in Kupwara district of North Kashmir.

The avalanches, triggered by snow on Tuesday morning, blocked Tangdhar-Chowkibal road and 14 civilians including a child were stranded along with their vehicles, an Army statement said.

“Army’s avalanche rescue team from Neelum Company Operating Base under Captain Kuljot Singh along with GREF immediately swung into action after information about the stranded vehicles full of passengers, including women, children and elderly was received,” it said, adding 14 civilians including women, children and a critically ill heart-patient were rescued by the army team.

“The rescued civilians expressed gratitude to Indian Army for timely action and saving their lives,” the statement added.