Four people, including a policeman, were killed and six injured after landslides struck near the under-construction Ratle power project in Jammu and Kashmir's Kishtwar district on Saturday, officials said. An operation to find and rescue survivors trapped under the debris has concluded, they said.
Labourers were working on the construction of a link road near the Ratle power project site and a JCB machine was digging when a big boulder rolled down, trapping the workers, Kishtwar Deputy Commissioner (DC) Devansh Yadav told PTI.
As an operation team comprising six people rushed to the spot to rescue those trapped under the debris, another landslide hit the area, burying more people, the officials said.
#IndianArmy reached the site of landslide at Drabshalla,#Kishtwar & successfully rescued survivors in coordination with Civil Administration. Medical aid was also provided to the injured .@OfficeOfLGJandK@adgpi@NorthernComd_IA pic.twitter.com/c13Dg6P4RS— White Knight Corps (@Whiteknight_IA) October 30, 2022
Yadav said a rescue operation was launched immediately and six people, including an assistant sub-inspector of police, were pulled out from the debris and taken to the hospital.
Four people, including a policeman and the JCB operator, were killed in the incident. The JCB operator was identified as Manoj Kumar, he said. Earlier, Yadav had said five people were trapped under the debris.
Of the six injured, the officials said, three were rushed to the Government Medical College in Doda, two to the Thathri hospital and one was sent to Jammu.
Update: Rescued one— Mufti Islah (@islahmufti) October 29, 2022
1. Vinay Roy
Dead bodies retrieved 4
1. Sgct Mohd Yakoob s/o fazal din r/o mahi nagni, thathri.
2. Manoj s/o Hari Lal r/o Gujjer Kothan, Drabhshalla.
3. Sachin s/o Angrez Singh r/o Salana.
4. Moin Ahmed s/o M Hafiz matto r/o Drabhshalla
Jitendra Singh, Union minister and MP from Jammu and Kashmir's Udhampur, said he spoke to Yadav after receiving a report on the landslide at the Ratle power project site.
"The JCB driver unfortunately died on the spot," he said. "Further assistance, as required, (is) being provided. I am in constant touch with the district administration," he added.
Taking to Twitter, Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha condoled the loss of lives in the incident. "Deeply anguished by mishap at Drabshalla-Ratle hydroelectric project. My thoughts are with those who have lost their loved ones. Prayers for early recovery of injured," he said. The district administration has been directed to provide all necessary assistance, he added.
(With inputs from PTI)