Two Indian Army personnel killed after avalanche in Southern Siachen Glacier hits patrol; second such incident in two weeks

  • An Army patrol operating at an altitude of approximately 18,000 feet in Southern Siachen Glacier was hit by an avalanche during the early hours of Saturday,

  • An Avalanche Rescue Team (ART) following the patrol immediately rushed and managed to locate and pull out all members of the patrol

  • Despite the best efforts by the medical teams, two Army personnel, however, perished in the avalanche, an officer said

Jammu: Two Army personnel were killed on Saturday after an avalanche hit their patrol at an altitude of about 18,000 feet in southern Siachen glacier in the Union Territory of Ladakh , a defence spokesperson said.

 Two Indian Army personnel killed after avalanche in Southern Siachen Glacier hits patrol; second such incident in two weeks

Siachen glacier is the highest battleground on earth. File image.  PTI

An Army patrol operating at an altitude of approximately 18,000 feet in Southern Siachen Glacier was hit by an avalanche during the early hours of Saturday, Srinagar-based defence spokesperson Colonel Rajesh Kalia said in a statement.

He said an Avalanche Rescue Team (ART) following the patrol immediately rushed and managed to locate and pull out all members of the patrol. Army helicopters too were simultaneously pressed into service to evacuate the avalanche victims, he said.

Despite the best efforts by the medical teams, two Army personnel, however, perished in the avalanche, the officer said. It was for the second time that an avalanche occurred in Siachen in the past two weeks.

Earlier on 18 November, four Indian Army personnel and two civilian porters were killed in an avalanche in the northern part of the Siachen Glacier.

The Siachen Glacier at the height of around 20,000 ft in the Karakoram range is known as the highest militarised zone in the world where soldiers have to battle frostbite and high winds. Avalanches and landslides are common at the glacier during winters with temperatures often dropping to as low as minus 60 degrees Celsius.

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Updated Date: Nov 30, 2019 18:47:26 IST