Jammu: For the third day on Friday, teams of army and air force continued to dig into a huge mass of snow to recover bodies of 10 army personnel who were buried on Wednesday after an avalanche hit their military post on Siachen Glacier in Jammu and Kashmir.
Specialised teams assisted by sniffer dogs continued to look for the bodies of the soldiers — one Junior Commissioned Officer and other ranks of Madras Regiment.
"The operation has entered third consecutive day today. The rescue operation is continuing with additional specialised equipment and teams deployed at the site of avalanche," PRO Defence Northern Command Col SD Goswami said.
The 10 Army personnel were buried under a huge mass of snow after being hit by an avalanche at a high-altitude post situated at 19,000 feet on Siachen Glacier.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has released the names of the buried soldier at Siachen glacier.
They were: JCO Subedar Nagesha T T of village Tejur, Hassan District, Karnataka, Havildar Elumalai M of village Dukkam Parai, Vellore District, Tamil Nadu, Lance Havildar S Kumar R/o vill Kumanan Thozhu, Teni District, Tamil Nadu, Lance Naik Sudheesh B R/o village Monroethuruth, Kollam District, Kerala, Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad R/o village Betadur, Dharwad District, Karnataka, Sepoy Mahesha PN R/o village HD Kote, Mysore District, Karnataka, Sepoy Ganesan G R/o village Chokkathevan Patti, Madurai District, Tamil Nadu, Sepoy Rama Moorthy N R/o village Gudisatana Palli, Krishna Giri District, Tamil Nadu, Sep Mustaq Ahmed S R/o village Parnapalle, Kurnool District, Andhra Pradesh and Sepoy Nursing Assistant Suryawanshi SV R/o village Maskarwadi, Satara District, Maharashtra.
Defence PRO has earlier on Thursday said in statement in Jammu that "Rescue teams are braving adverse weather and effects of rarified atmosphere to locate and rescue survivors. However, it is with deepest of regrets that we have to state that chances of finding any survivors are now very remote."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had last night confirmed the deaths when he tweeted: "Demise of soldiers in Siachen is very tragic. I salute the brave soldiers who gave their lives to the nation. Condolences to their families."
The glaciated area presents temperatures ranging from a minimum of minus 42 degrees Celsius in the night to maximum of minus 25 degrees C during the day.