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J&K: Landslide rescue operations end; 11 bodies recovered

By Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar
Last updated on: May 02, 2008 21:50 IST
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The two-day-long rescue operation ended on Friday evening near Chatroo village in hilly Kishtwar district of Jammu region where eleven persons were killed when two trucks carrying Border Roads Organisation labourers were trapped in a massive landslide early on Thursday.

"The rescue operation is over. While the rescue teams recovered bodies of seven labourers yesterday, they finally today managed to retrieve the bodies of other four dead labourers," said Brigadier Bhutani, chief engineer, BRO.

Two trucks carrying eleven labourers were buried under the massive landslide on the Kishtwar-Chatroo road on Thursday morning as they passed by the mountainside where quarrying operations were being carried out.

"A massive rescue operation was launched early Thursday when the tragedy struck. It was suspended last evening but resumed at the first light today morning," a senior state officer said.

The tragedy struck on a day when the labourers across the state were busy in the May Day celebrations in Srinagar.

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Mukhtar Ahmad in Srinagar