Eleven workers of the Public Health Engineering (PHE) Department,who were trapped in snow on upper reached of Doda district,were rescued by army troops during wee hours of this morning.
Pointing out that five of the rescued workers were found in extremely critical condition due to cold,an Army spokesman here said that these workers had moved to upper reaches of Alkanda region yesterday to repair the water supply system,but got trapped in heavy snow. The workers somehow managed to pass information to their department,making Deputy Commissioner Doda,Farooq Ahmed,send an SOS call to Commanding Officer of 8 Rashtriya Rifles,Colonel Abdul Hamid Khan,last night.
As the densely forest area happened to be avalanche prone,an immediate evacuation was necessary to save lives of PHE workers,spokesman pointed out,adding that Col Khan without wasting time moved 20 men from nearby Udyanpur post along with a nursing assistance and emergency life saving medicines during night itself. After walking for more than seven hours in ”chest deep snow with the help of ropes,the team finallu reached the site around 4 am.
The troops immediately took out workers from snow,lighted the fire and gave them first aid. They also provided them warm clothes,besides serving them warm tea and food,the spokesman said,adding that the rescued workers could resuscitated and brought out of danger after two hours long efforts.
On daybreak the army men supported these workers through the snow and brought them to village Al where they were received by the large crowd of villagers including their near and dear ones.