5 die, 3 rescued in 2 separate Well tragedies in Kashmir

SDRF & police personnel during rescue operation near the Well in Budgam on Wednesday.
SDRF & police personnel during rescue operation near the Well in Budgam on Wednesday.

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, May 29: At least five persons died while three others were rescued after they fell into the well at separate places in Budgam and Kupwara districts today.
The incidents took place in Khansahib area of Budgam district and Kralpora area of Kupwara district in which eight persons including three in Budgam and five in Kupwara fell into the well today.
However, five persons among them including three from Budgam and two from Kupwara, died after being pulled out from the well.
An official said that a person identified as Moomin Dar accidentally fell into the deep well and soon after locals tried to rescue him.

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He said during the rescue operation, two more individuals fell into it. As the news spread in the area, locals and administration reached the spot and launched a massive rescue operation.
He said that after seven hours of hectic efforts, all the three trapped persons were pulled out dead. The deceased have been identified as Amjid Ali, Gulam Hassan Wani and Momin Dar-all residents of Gotipora Khansahib.

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Sub District Magistrate (SDM) Khansahib said that the rescue operation has culminated and the bodies of all three persons, who fell into a 95 feet deep well have been recovered.
He said it was a very difficult task and the National Disaster Rescue Force was also roped in during the operation as the well was almost 95 feet deep.
Meanwhile, in a similar tragic incident, two people also lost their lives while three others were hospitalized after they fell into a well in Kupwara district.
The incident, occurred as few of the locals were fetching water amidst severe water scarcity in the area.
Soon after the incident at Satboin Dardpora in Kralpora Kupwara, the rescue operation was launched and the individuals following hectic efforts were rescued and rushed to a nearby hospital, where the doctors declared two among the five as brought dead.
The deceased were identified as Farid Ahmad Khoja & Bashir Ahmad Khoja. The injured Safeer Ahmad, Qasim ud Din and Abdul Hameed are responding well to the treatment.
The well serves a crucial water source for the villagers, locals while expressing their frustration over the failure of authorities in providing basic necessities.
“The tragedy could have been avoided if the Government had addressed the issue of water crises,” one of the villagers said.
They urged authorities to take immediate action and ensure that such incidents are prevented in the future.