A teenage boy was killed and two others were injured when they got struck in an avalanche in North Kashmir’s Machil area near the Line of Control. Because of the snowfall in the area for the past two days, the government had warned about the threat of avalanches.
On Saturday afternoon three boys were on way to local seminary when they got struck in an avalanche; however the timely action initiated by army and local villages saved the lives of two boys. The injured boys were later taken to sub district hospital Kupwara where doctors declared their condition stable.
Army said as the reports about boys struck in an avalanche reached, the Army launched a swift rescue mission in the higher reaches of T Santwari, around 11 kilometers from Machil.
Army said that boys – Mehraj Khan, 16, of Katwar, Javed Khan 16, of Thalli and Quaiser Ahmed, 14, of TSuntbala village were crossing avalanche prone area when they got struck there.
Defense spokesman said the Army detachment at T Sant quickly began an operation to rescue the boys.
“Undeterred by the raging blizzard, 15-20 feet of snow and further avalanche warnings, the Army’s avalanche rescue team was immediately launched for the rescue. The team equipped with rescue equipments and avalanche victim detector managed to establish contact with the boys quickly,’’ the spokesman said, adding that the team found the boys, buried under 10 feet of snow. “They (boys) were in a state of shock and physical exhaustion. They were given critical first aid by the army team.”
The spokesman said the rescue mission was able to successfully evacuate – Javed and Qaisar but the third boy Mehraj Khan succumbed to his grievous injuries.