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100 Still Missing In India Avalanche

MONDAY, JAN. 23, 1995

Searchers found two bodies buried in snow Sunday and rescued the remaining eight people from a tunnel where hundreds sought shelter from an avalanche that killed at least 125 people.

More than 100 people were still missing in last Monday’s avalanche, the worst in Jammu-Kashmir state’s history, the United News of India news agency said. The snow buried dozens of cars and knocked at least five buses and trucks down steep ravines in the Himalayan foothills.

The highway is the only road linking Kashmir with the rest of India.

Searchers have recovered 62 bodies. Police, however, say the snowslide killed at least twice that.

After taking refuge in the dark tunnel for two days and nights last week, hundreds of survivors walked nearly two miles through the tunnel, then trudged through 10-foot snow to a nearby village.

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