3 people killed in blizzard in Kashmir, India

Two people died and two others were rescued from the Sindhan Pass in south Kashmir’s Kokernag district of Anantnag after getting stuck in a snowstorm in the area.

Two people rescued from the area are being treated for hypothermia and shock at the Kokernag District Hospital. The victims have been identified as Imtiyaz Ahmad Mir of Hualchul, Kishtivar, and Dawud Ahmad Lone of Dadpat, Kishtivar.

All four were traveling in two different Tata trucks loaded with vegetables, with registration numbers JK17-0053 and JK17-9334. The rescue team included SDM Cockernag, SDPO Cockernag, 19 RR, police and SDRF. According to the official, the rescuers traversed difficult snowy and foggy terrain with MED equipment and then walked 8 km under icy winds and snow to rescue the stranded people. “The operation was carried out at the behest of Anantnag District Attorney Dr. Piyush Singla,” he said.

Meanwhile, the driver of a Kishtwar district hospital ambulance died from severe cold during the snowfall in upper Kishtwar district. Kishtwar deputy commissioner Ashok Kumar said the ambulance driver died in Margan Top district as he was returning to Kishtwar town. He had gone to Marwah to transport the corpse.

“People tried to stop him from going back as the weather conditions worsened after the snowfall, but he drove towards the city. However, he died on the way because he got stuck in the snow,” the district attorney said.

The deceased ambulance driver was identified as Kalwant Singh, son of Munish Ram of Semina in Kishtwar.

The deputy district attorney also said they had reports of crop damage due to snow, and a casualty assessment was underway.

Kishore Lal Sharma, additional deputy commissioner of Kishtwar, said the administration has issued a travel advisory in Kishtwar due to heavy snowfall in remote and upper areas of the district.

“The Sindhan Top road, which connects to Anantnag district, Marwah and Wadwan roads have been closed to commuters as a precautionary measure. People have been advised to avoid traveling on these roads because of the incessant snowfall,” he said.

He said snow over 1 meter deep was recorded in Sintang Top and Marwah yesterday.

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