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One dead, two injured in avalanche in Doda

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Doda, Mar 30: A 40-year-old government employee was killed Saturday and two of his colleagues were injured after an avalanche struck a remote village in this hilly district of Doda, police said.

A group of Public Health Engineering (PHE) department employees were performing their duties to restore drinking water supply in the snow-bound Gandoh when they came under the avalanche at Kot-Bhanecha village in the morning, Superintendent of Police, Bhadarwah, Raj Singh Gouria said.

Gouria, who supervised the rescue operation, said the body of one of the trapped employees, Farooq  Ahmad of Changa Bala village in Bhallesa, was recovered after several hours of search.

Two other employees, Lal Singh and Mohammad Aslam, were rescued with minor injuries and shifted to hospital, he said.

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