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Search on to trace missing

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UDHAMPUR: As the search and rescue effort carried into a second day, the number of dead and missing grew as hope of finding any more survivors dwindled. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) jawans along with Jammu and Kashmir police to recovere near about 50 bodies trapped under the debris of a landslide that swallowed up Panjer village of Panchari in Udhampur.

According to reports at village Saddal in Panjar Panchayat of Pancheri, nearly twenty to twenty five houses came under the debris and nearly fifty persons have been feared to be dead. After getting the information from a local Sarpanch , district administration with the help of NDRF team, JKP launched rescue operation in the area under the leadership of Adll SP Khalil Ahmad Poswal on Sunday afternoon and recovered seven bodies but still at least fifty are still missing and are trapped under debris.
Reports added that continuing its operation NDRF rescuers helped by police and villagers resumed their search on Monday through piles of rock, mud and upturned trees and recovered two more bodies .
Rescuers said that with the passage of time there are no chance of saving any of the missing people believed still buried under the rubble .
It is very difficult to retrieve bodies manually moreover, there is no road to the area as the village is about 4 km on- foot journey from Panjar, therefore, carrying JCB etc is not possible.
The road communication has also snapped at many places Said Garib Dass DIG Udhampur-Reasi Range . With tears in their eyes Munshi Ram, Sohan Lal, Mulkhu and many more and relatives of missing families said that though thirty eight hours have been passed but we are still in hope that there will be miracle and our beloved ones will come out of debris.

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