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Bodies of 7 cops retrieved from Tunnel avalanche site

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Guv Malik, Advisor Kumar express grief

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Srinagar, Feb 08: Bodies of seven policemen were on Friday retrieved from a police post hit by an avalanche near Jawahar Tunnel in Kulgam district last evening, even as heavy snowfall claimed two more lives in Anantnag.

While two cops were rescued, another was missing in the Kulgam incident, a police official said.

The rescued police personnel were shifted to hospital where their condition is stated to be stable, he said.

In the second incident, a residential house was buried in a snowslide in Anantnag district on Thursday evening but rescue teams managed to pull out two children alive.

Father of the children Bashir Ahmad Qureshi and his wife died in the incident that occurred at Sonabrari-Magam in Kokernag area of the district, the official said.

On the police post incident, the official said an avalanche hit the north portal of Jawahar Tunnel on the Qazigund side in Kulgam district on Thursday evening. While 10 cops were able to rush to safety, 10 others were trapped.

Rescue teams faced a lot of difficulty in reaching the avalanche site this morning due to strong winds and accumulation of snow, officials said.

Heavy snowfall across Kashmir over the past two days has triggered avalanches and snowslides in many places in the hilly areas of the Valley.

The authorities have issued an avalanche warning for 16 of the 22 districts of Jammu and Kashmir

Kulgam district in south Kashmir received maximum precipitation in the past 24 hours. Some places in the district have received as much as five feet of snow, they said.

Meanwhile, Governor Satya Pal Malik has expressed grief over loss of precious lives due to snow avalanche at Jawahar Tunnel where an avalanche had struck a police post last evening.

In his message Governor has prayed for eternal peace to the departed souls and strength to  the bereaved families in their hour of grief.

Advisor to Governor, K Vijay Kumar too has expressed grief over the loss of lives in the incident.

In a condolence message, the Advisor while expressing solidarity with the bereaved families, prayed for peace to departed souls and strength to the members of their families in bearing the irreparable loss.

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