Update: Demise of soldiers in Siachen is very tragic. I salute the brave soldiers who gave their lives to the nation: PM said. he 10 Army personnel, including an officer, who were buried under a mass of snow after being hit by an avalanche yesterday at a high-altitude post on Siachen Glacier in Jammu and Kashmir, have died. Ministry confirmed the news.
Jammu: The Indian Army on Thursday refused to accept Pakistan Army’s help to rescue soldiers trapped under snow due to yesterday’s avalanche near Siachen Glacier in Ladakh. All the 10 Army personnel trapped yesterday in Siachen Glacier were feared dead on Thursday.
The Indian Army said that they do not require any help as they are adequately equipped to carry out the search and rescue operations. The Defence Ministry earlier today said that chances of finding any survivors are remote even as the search operation entered its second day.
Specialized teams of the Army and the Air Force have been deployed to carry out the search and rescue operations in the area, where temperatures range from minus 42 degrees in the night to minus 25 degrees during the day.
The avalanche struck an Indian Army post in the Northern Siachen Glacier at a height of 19,600 feet. The army post that faced its brunt was manned by one junior commissioned officer (JCO) and nine soldiers. All ten soldiers have gone missing after the avalanche.