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Jammu and Kashmir: 1 dead, several feared trapped after landslide at power tunnel in Kishtwar

Jammu and Kashmir: 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 said.

Hritika Mitra Edited By: Hritika Mitra @MitraHritika Kishtwar Updated on: October 30, 2022 0:05 IST
A rescue operation is underway.
Image Source : @ANI A rescue operation is underway.

At least one person was killed while five others were feared trapped after massive landslides struck a mega power project site in Jammu and Kashmir's Kishtwar district on Saturday. 

Five people were also injured in the incident that occurred in the Ratle area, officials 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 said.

A rescue operation was launched immediately and five people were pulled out from the debris and taken to the hospital. One person died in the incident, he said.

Five people are still feared trapped under the debris. Army, police and administration are carrying out the rescue operation, Yadav said.

Jitendra Singh, Union minister and MP from Jammu and Kashmir's Udhampur, said that 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. The rescue team of about six persons, deputed to that the site after the incident, has also got unfortunately trapped under the debris," Singh said in a tweet. All efforts are being made to rescue those trapped, he said. "Further assistance, as required, (is) being provided. I am in constant touch with the district administration," he said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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