Six killed after avalanche hit world’s highest militarised zone

At least four army personnel and two civilians were killed after being buried under the snow following an avalanche at the Siachen Glacier on Monday.

The avalanche hit the Army position in the northern glacier at around 3:30 pm on Monday. The avalanche had taken place in the Northern Glacier where the altitude is around 19,000 feet and above.

The Army troops immediately launched the rescue and recovery operations.

The recovered were then transferred to the nearest military hospital by helicopters.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh condoled the deaths, he tweeted: “Deeply pained by the demise of soldiers and porters due to avalanche in Siachen. I salute their courage and service to the nation. My heartfelt condolences to their families.”

The army personnel hit by the avalanche were part of a patrolling party consisting of eight people and were in the northern glacier when the incident happened.

In February this year, 10 soldiers got trapped under 35 feet of snow after a wall of ice came crashing down on them at the Siachen Glacier.

A team of 150 Army men, including a group specialised in glaciated terrain, rushed to the site for an around-the-clock rescue operation.

After hours of the excruciating rescue operation in the extreme weather, the rescue team found Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad. He was buried under a thick bed of ice at 19,500 feet at the Siachen Glacier.

However, the sole Siachen survivor died three days after being rescued from 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 the soldiers have to battle frostbite and high winds. Avalanches and landslides are common at the glacier during the winters and temperatures can drop to as low as minus 60 degree Celsius.

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