Srinagar: Indian Army personnel on Tuesday rescued 14 civilians stuck in heavy snow after twin avalanches hit Tanghdar-Chowkibal highway of Kupwara district in Jammu and Kashmir.
The avalanches, triggered by snow on Tuesday morning, had blocked the Tangdhar-Chowkibal road and 14 civilians including a child were stranded along with their vehicles.
“Army’s avalanche rescue team from Neelum Company Operating Base under Captain Kuljot Singh along with GREF immediately swung into action after receiving the information about the stranded vehicles full of passengers, including women, children and elderly including a critically ill heart patient was received,” a defence spokesman said in a statement said.
The stuck travelers were later rescued and shifted to a secure location by the army team, it said.
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“The rescued civilians expressed gratitude to Army for timely action and saving their lives,” added the defence spokesperson.