41 Soldiers Killed In Siachen Since 2013: Government


New Delhi: Forty-one soldiers have lost their lives in Siachen Glacier since 2013, the government said today.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in a written reply in Lok Sabha said 10 soldiers were killed in 2013, eight and nine in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

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Till March 31, 14 soldiers have died this year, Mr Parrikar said. Troops being posted in high altitude areas are trained in ‘Basic and Advance’ skills in mountains and snow-bound areas, he said, adding medical equipment exist in all posts to cater for emergencies.

Best quality of winter clothing and equipment is procured to prevent weather-related casualties. Modern means of conveyance like snow scooters are utilised to ensure timely reaction to any eventuality and reduce fatigue. A number of specialised equipment have also been deployed in avalanche- prone areas, he said.