14 civilians stuck in twin avalanches in Kupwara, rescued: Army

Srinagar, Jan 18 (KNS): The Army on Tuesday claimed to have rescued at least 14 civilians, who were stuck after twin avalanches hit Tangdhar-Chowkibal highway in Kupwara district.

According to a statement, issued to Kashmir News Service (KNS), the avalanches, triggered by snow on Tuesday morning, blocked Tangdhar-Chowkibal road and 14 civilians including a child were stranded along with their vehicles.

“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,” reads the statement.

It reads that 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,” it reads. (KNS)

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