March 12: Army on Saturday said that it rescued seventy-three civilians, including a critically-ill heart patient, stranded on Tangdhar-Nasta Chhun road in frontier district of Kupwara after an avalanche hit the region yesterday.
The avalanche, triggered by heavy rains last evening, had blocked the road at several places, said a spokesman.
An avalanche rescue team of Nasta Chhun Pass swung into action immediately after an information about the stranded vehicles full of passengers, including women, children and elderly, he said.
“Army detachment based at Nasta Chhun received information about stranded vehicles full of passengers including women, children, aged persons and an ambulance with critically ill heart patient approximately 1.5 KM away from Nasla Chhun Pass. Army avalanche rescue Team of Nasta Chhun Pass was sprung into action immediately despite harsh weather conditions, snow blizzard,” said the spokesman.
The rescue team of local Rashtriya Rifle unit rescued 73 civilians including women, children and a critically ill heart patient and gave medical aid and provided safe passage to them, he said.