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Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia for the families of avalanche and shooting of stones victims

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

The and Kashmir government Saturday announced ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each to the kin of the 13 persons who lost their lives in the recent incidents of avalanche and shooting stones.

expressed his condolences to the family of the deceased. He lauded the efforts of the rescue teams and local volunteers for completing search and rescue operations despite extreme weather conditions.

"The government has, on the directions of Satya Pal Malik, announced ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each to the next of kin of those killed in snow avalanches and shooting of stones incidents at various places across the state during the recent snowfall," an said.

The said the has asked the divisional commissioners of both and Kashmir divisions to immediately release the ex-gratia relief to the next of kin of the deceased and extend all possible assistance to the injured.

The governor has asked the health department to provide best possible medical facilities to the injured.

Eight persons, including six police and fire, emergency personnel, were killed and three policemen were injured when an avalanche struck the north portal of in Qazigund area of district on Thursday.

In another incident on the same day, a couple died when an avalanche struck their home at Sund Brari in Kokernag area of district.

In a similar incident, a youth was killed at Chairhaar in district on Friday.

In an incident of shooting of stones and landslide, two persons died and two others were injured in district along the Jammu-Srinagar national highway on Friday.

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First Published: Sat, February 09 2019. 20:00 IST