Avalanche Hits Ladakh’s Khardung La; 3 Civilians Killed, 7 Others Missing

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Ladakh: At least three civilians were killed and seven others reported missing on Friday after they were hit by an avalanche in Khardung La area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Ladakh region.

Deputy Commissioner Leh, Avny Lavasa said “Rescue operation launched after civilians got buried under snow. It is believed that they were digging snow at Khardung La in Leh. Digging triggered a snow slide and civilians got buried. We are fearing that the civilians are trapped”.
A Border Roads Organisation (BRO) official said, BRO has pressed into service its men and machinery to rescue the persons believed to be trapped under the snow.

Teams of the Army and the State Disaster Response Force have also reached the spot for the rescue operation, he said.

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