Avalanche hits army patrol party in Siachen, one jawan killed, another missing

Srinagar: An Army jawan on Friday went missing while another was killed after an avalanche struck a patrol party in Siachen sector of Jammu and Kashmir.

Lance Havildar Bhawan Tamang, who was earlier rescued after the avalanche, succumbed to his injuries, reported The Indian Express.

Representational imag. PTI

Representational imag. PTI

The patrol party came under the avalanche at Turtuk area of Siachen, the highest battleground in the world, around 8 am following which two of the jawans got buried in the snow.

"At about 0800 hours, an army patrol in Turtuk area of Ladakh was hit by an avalanche in which two soldiers were
buried under the snow," said a Defence Spokesman.

"Immediate rescue drills resulted in one soldier being rescued while the second soldier is still missing," he said.

The condition of the rescued soldier is "critical", the spokesman had said, adding that he was evacuated to the nearest military hospital.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Mar 25, 2016 19:06 PM

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