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Uttarakhand Landslide: Body of missing labourer recovered, toll 8

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Guv condoles deaths, announces ex-gratia relief of Rs 2 lakh each for the next of kin of the deceased

Srinagar: The body of a missing labourer from Baramulla district was recovered on Saturday, taking the number of Kashmiri labourers killed in Uttarakhand landslide to eight.

On Friday, seven labourers from Baramulla district were killed while a teenager, Majid Khan of Uri went missing after a portion of a mountain caved in during the construction of a road near Bansbada area.

The search operation was resumed today morning, police sources said, adding, the body of Majid was found at 6 p.m.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik Saturday expressed grief over the death of seven Kashmiri labourers in a landslide near the construction site of Char Dham all-weather road in Uttarakhand.

The Governor extended his deepest condolences to the bereaved families and announced ex-gratia relief of Rs 2 lakh each for the next of kin of the deceased.

Eight labourers from Uri in Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir were killed and three others injured in the landslide in Uttarakhand’s Rudraprayag district Friday.

The Jammu and Kashmir Governor has asked the state administration to provide every possible support to the bereaved families and be in touch with the Uttarakhand government to ensure immediate shifting of the bodies to their native places in Kashmir.

He has also asked the administration to ensure best possible medical treatment for the labourers injured in the tragic mishap.

The incident took place in the Ukhimath area, near Banswada, on the Rishikesh-Kedarnath national highway at around 12 pm.

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