Jammu & Kashmir News: The Army and the General Reserve Engineer Force (GREF) rescued 30 civilians stuck on Chowkibal-Tangdhar road (NH-701) in the Kupwara avalanche on the night intervening Monday and Tuesday.
The information surfaced about civilians stuck close to Khooni Nala on National Highway-701 reaching the troops at the NC pass, two rescue teams — one comprising Army’s avalanche rescue men and the other of the General Reserve Engineer Force — were mobilised to rescue the civilians stuck inside their vehicles. “Despite adverse weather conditions compounded by twin avalanches, 14 civilians were rescued and brought to Neelam and 16 civilians to the NC pass, which is also commonly known as Sadhna pass. All the rescued civilians were provided food, medical care and shelter for the night,” said the spokesperson of the Army.
Twelve vehicles were later retrieved during the day post clearance of snow from the road. The entire operation took about five to six hours.