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Indian Army Jawans Hit By Avalanche In Kupwara, Search Operations Underway

On November 30, Two Indian Army Personnel Were Killed After An Avalanche Hit Their Patrol At An Altitude Of About 18,000 Feet In Southern Siachen Glacier In The Union Territory Of Ladakh , A Defence Spokesperson Said.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Aniruddha Dhar | Updated on: 03 Dec 2019, 11:55:02 PM
Breaking: Indian Army jawans hit by avalanche in Kupwara, search operations underway

New Delhi:

Multiple Indian Army jawans are reportedly missing after being hit by an avalanche in the Tangdhar region of the Kupwara district in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday evening, sources said. News agency ANI reported that search operations are being carried out to rescue the soldiers.

On November 30, two Indian Army personnel were killed after an avalanche hit their patrol at an altitude of about 18,000 feet in southern Siachen glacier in the Union Territory of Ladakh , a defence spokesperson said.

An Army patrol operating at an altitude of approximately 18,000 feet in Southern Siachen Glacier was hit by an avalanche, Srinagar-based defence spokesperson Col Rajesh Kalia said in a statement.

He said an Avalanche Rescue Team (ART) following the patrol immediately rushed and managed to locate and pull out all members of the patrol. Army helicopters too were simultaneously pressed into service to evacuate the avalanche victims, he said. Despite the best efforts by the medical teams, two Army personnel, however, perished in the avalanche, the officer said.

Earlier on November 18, four Indian Army personnel and two civilian porters were killed in an avalanche in the northern part of the Siachen Glacier.

The Siachen Glacier at the height of around 20,000 ft in the Karakoram range is known as the highest militarised zone in the world where the soldiers have to battle frostbite and high winds. Avalanches and landslides are common at the glacier during winters with temperatures often dropping to as low as minus 60 degrees Celsius.

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First Published : 03 Dec 2019, 11:13:33 PM