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Avalanche kills two tourists in Indian-controlled Kashmir

2012-06-16 06:48:25 GMT2012-06-16 14:48:25(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, June 16 (Xinhua) -- At least two persons were killed and four others were injured after an avalanche hit a bus carrying tourists in Ladakh division of Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said Saturday.

The avalanche hit the tourist bus Friday evening at Khardung La Pass in Gurez of Ladakh division.

"Two people were killed and four others were injured after a bus carrying tourists came under an avalanche," said Vivek Gupta, Superintendent of Police in Leh, "rest of the passengers were rescued unhurt."

The deceased were identified as tourists from Indian state of Mumbai.

"The bodies have been airlifted to Mumbai," said Amir Ali, coordinator at disaster management office in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.

The injured were treated in the hospital and their condition is stated to be stable.

Last week around 400 civilians in 150 vehicles were trapped after landslides was triggered on this pass but were later rescued by police and Indian army. Khardung La Pass is one of the highest motorable passes in the world, with a height of 17,800 feet in Ladakh division, north of Srinagar.

Kashmir has a rugged terrain. Landslides and avalanches are often triggered by frequent rains and heavy snowfall.

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