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1 found dead, 9 missing after tunnel collapses in Kashmir

In this handout photograph provided by the Jammu and Kashmir Government's Department of Disaster Management, earthmovers work to clear the site where ...
Rescue workers watch from a distance as earth movers dig through rubble of a collapsed tunnel in Ramban district, south of Srinagar, Indian controlled...
Rescue workers carry the body of a victim at the site of a collapsed tunnel in Ramban district, south of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, ...
Rescue workers carry the body of a victim at the site of a collapsed tunnel in Ramban district, south of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, ...
Rescue workers carry the body of a victim at the site of a collapsed tunnel in Ramban district, south of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, ...
Rescue workers run for cover as earth movers dig through rubble of a collapsed tunnel in Ramban district, south of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir...
Villagers watch from distance as earth movers dig through rubble of a collapsed tunnel in Ramban district, south of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmi...
A damaged truck is covered with rocks and stones as earth movers dig through rubble of a collapsed tunnel in Ramban district, south of Srinagar, India...
National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) members and villagers watch from a distance as earth movers dig through rubble of a collapsed tunnel in Ramban...
Villagers watch from a distance as earth movers dig through rubble of a collapsed tunnel in Ramban district, south of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kash...
Indian army soldiers watch from a distance as earth movers dig through the rubble of a collapsed tunnel in Ramban district, south of Srinagar, Indian ...
Rescue workers prepare to retrieve the body of a victim at the site of a collapsed tunnel in Ramban district, south of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kas...
A damaged truck is buried under rocks and stones from the rubble of a collapsed tunnel in Ramban district, south of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmi...
Tears well up the eyes of Nazira Begum as she awaits news of her nephew, who is among those trapped under a collapsed tunnel, in Ramban district, sout...

In this handout photograph provided by the Jammu and Kashmir Government's Department of Disaster Management, earthmovers work to clear the site where ...

Rescue workers watch from a distance as earth movers dig through rubble of a collapsed tunnel in Ramban district, south of Srinagar, Indian controlled...

Rescue workers carry the body of a victim at the site of a collapsed tunnel in Ramban district, south of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, ...

Rescue workers carry the body of a victim at the site of a collapsed tunnel in Ramban district, south of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, ...

Rescue workers carry the body of a victim at the site of a collapsed tunnel in Ramban district, south of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Friday, ...

Rescue workers run for cover as earth movers dig through rubble of a collapsed tunnel in Ramban district, south of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir...

Villagers watch from distance as earth movers dig through rubble of a collapsed tunnel in Ramban district, south of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmi...

A damaged truck is covered with rocks and stones as earth movers dig through rubble of a collapsed tunnel in Ramban district, south of Srinagar, India...

National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) members and villagers watch from a distance as earth movers dig through rubble of a collapsed tunnel in Ramban...

Villagers watch from a distance as earth movers dig through rubble of a collapsed tunnel in Ramban district, south of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kash...

Indian army soldiers watch from a distance as earth movers dig through the rubble of a collapsed tunnel in Ramban district, south of Srinagar, Indian ...

Rescue workers prepare to retrieve the body of a victim at the site of a collapsed tunnel in Ramban district, south of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kas...

A damaged truck is buried under rocks and stones from the rubble of a collapsed tunnel in Ramban district, south of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmi...

Tears well up the eyes of Nazira Begum as she awaits news of her nephew, who is among those trapped under a collapsed tunnel, in Ramban district, sout...

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Rescuers have found the body of one worker in Indian-controlled Kashmir after part of a tunnel collapsed in the Himalayan region and are continuing to search for nine others who are trapped, officials said Friday.

The tunnel is part of a mountainous highway tunnel system that was under construction when it collapsed Thursday night in the southern Ramban district.

Ramban's top civil official Mussarat Islam said the body of a worker from the eastern state of West Bengal was recovered. He said various crews were working to rescue the nine workers who are still missing.

“We hope that we find somebody alive,” Islam said.

Emergency workers were using earthmovers to clear the wreckage and rescue the trapped workers.

Earlier, three workers trapped at the entrance of the tunnel were rescued and were being treated at a hospital, said Aamir Ali, an official at the government’s disaster management department.

The section that collapsed was an approach tunnel used for ventilation and moving supplies and equipment to the main, under-construction tunnel, Ali said.

The tunnel is part of a vast network of bridges and tunnels on the strategic highway that connects two key cities of Srinagar and Jammu in the region.

“We have been here since morning. One doesn’t know what could be the fate of the trapped persons as they are buried under the mountain,” said Nazir Ahmed, whose nephew and a neighbor are trapped. "It is all in the hands of the Almighty now.”