Avalanche Hits Army Patrol In Siachen, Soldier Missing


Srinagar: One soldier has gone missing after an avalanche hit an Army patrol party in Siachen’s Turtuk sector post on Friday.

“One soldier is missing and one was rescued. The condition of rescued soldier is said to be critical,” reported ANI.

A week ago, Indian Army rescue teams recovered the mortal remains of Sepoy Vijay Kumar from under twelve feet of snow, after he was swept away in the avalanche on an Army post in Kargil while on surveillance duty.

This third incident comes weeks after a deadly avalanche on Siachen Glacier in Jammu and Kashmir, close to the Line of Control or LoC, killed 10 Army personnel including an officer.

Following arduous rescue operations which lasted for two weeks, the bodies of nine soldiers were recovered. Lance Naik Hanamanthapa, who was found buried alive after being snowed under 25 feet of ice, passed away at the Army RR hospital in New Delhi, four days after his miraculous rescue.

Earlier in the day, a ‘medium danger’ avalanche warning was issued for higher areas of Jammu and Kashmir, advising people not to venture into these areas.

The advisory, issued by Chandigarh-based Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) which comes under the Ministry of Defence, will remain effective over the next 24 hours beginning 5 PM today.

‘Medium danger’ avalanche warning exists for avalanche prone areas situated at an altitude of above 3,000 metres like Kupwara, Baramula, Bandipur, Kargil and Gandarbal districts of Jammu and Kashmir, the advisory said.

Pharkian and Kanzalwan areas of Jammu and Kashmir have received fresh snowfall of 10 cm and 4 cm, respectively since yesterday.