Jammu: Rescue efforts to locate the 10 Army soldiers who went missing after their post was hit by a massive avalanche in Siachen is continuing for the second day today. The 10 soldiers of the Madras Regiment went missing after an Army post located at an altitude of 19, 600 feet was buried in ice in the early hours of February 3.
Operations by specialized teams of the Army and the Air Force were launched on Wednesday, however, there has been no success in locating the post or the men so far. Specialised equipment was flown in to Leh today morning to further boost the rescue efforts. The glaciated area presents temperatures ranging from a minimum of minus 42 degrees in the night to maximum of minus 25 degrees during the day. Finding survivors under these circumstances will be nothing short of a miracle, which the rescuers are hoping for.
Rescue teams are braving adverse weather and effects of rarefied atmosphere to locate and rescue survivors. Lt Gen DS Hooda, Army Commander, Northern Command has expressed his grief on the tragic incident. He said, “It is a tragic event and we salute the soldiers who braved all challenges to guard our frontiers and made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty”.