Body Of Missing Kashmiri Engineer Found 6 Days After Glacier Burst

Basharat Ahmad Zargar

Srinagar: Rescue workers on Friday recovered the body of a Kashmiri engineer who went missing on Sunday after a glacier burst wreaked havoc in Uttarakhand state of north India.

Basharat Ahmad Zargar, a resident of Soura here, was working on a privately owned Rishi Ganga power project (130 Mw), which is on the upper stream of the Alaknanda river site and was the first to face the brunt of the avalanche.

Besides Zargar, hundreds of people, including labourers went missing after a glacier break triggered a surge of water in the Alaknanda river system.

“My brother’s body was found by NDRF near the power project at 2.30 PM today,” Zargar’s brother Shabir Ahmad told Kashmir Observer over phone from Uttarakhand on Friday.

Ahmad complained that the rescue efforts were slow and sought help from J&K administration to shift his brother’s body to Srinagar.

As soon as Zargar’s family heard about the incident, Ahmad along with his nephew Saliq Zargar embarked on the journey to trace his missing brother.

Ahmad had told Kashmir Observer on Thursday that over 65 persons were stuck near the project site, 12 bodies were recovered, four were rescued and 52 others are still missing.

He had said that the four survivors told him that his brother tried to cross the river but the gushing water prevented him from doing so.

“The water was travelling at the speed of a bullet,” Ahmad had quoted one of the survivors as saying.

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Auqib Javeed

Auqib Javeed is special correspondent with Kashmir Observer and tweets @AuqibJaveed

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