Srinagar: Body of a labourer was recovered under snow in Sarbal, Ganderbal after an avalanche hit the area on Thursday.
An official said that soon after an avalanche was reported in Sarbal area, men and machinery were activated to rule out any exigency.
The avalanche hit the Sarbal area close to Nilgrath where Hyderabad-based Megha Engineering and Infrastructure Limited (MEIL) is executing work on the Zojila Tunnel.
“After few hours of assessment, a body purportedly of a labourer, was traced under the snow”, the official said.
A rescue operation has been launched and police, State Disaster Response Force, Army, Beacon and MEIL teams are on site to clear the snow-laden area, they added.
Medical teams with ambulances and first aid kits are also at the spot.
Meanwhile, ADDC Ganderbal said that there may be at least one more casualty. “Yes another person is probably missing as suggested by mobile tracker system,” he said.
“We have intensified the rescue operation to keep the things under control”, he further said.
CMO Ganderbal Dr. Afroza said that medical teams have been kept on standby in the area in case there is need of any medical treatment to any injured person.
Earlier, two avalanches were reported in Hangh and Sarbal areas of Ganderbal today.