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Khardung La avalanche toll rises to seven

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Srinagar, Jan 19: Two more bodies were recovered on Saturday from the site where an avalanche struck two trucks in Ladakh, taking the death toll to seven, officials said.

“Another two bodies have been recovered at Khardungla avalanche site. In total, seven bodies have been recovered so far,” a State Disaster Management Department official said. He said search was in progress for the remaining three persons.

The official said arrangements have been made to airlift the bodies to Zanskar tehsil.

The avalanche on Friday morning hit the two trucks carrying 10 persons at Khardung La pass, one of the highest motorable roads in the world at 17,500 feet.

The trucks were buried under debris 20 feet deep, nearly 800 metres from Khardungla Top towards South Pullu. Five bodies were recovered on Friday.

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