One soldier is missing and another is in critical condition after an Army patrol was hit by an avalanche on March 25 in Leh region of Jammu and Kashmir.
The Army has launched a search operation for the missing soldier. Defence spokesman Lt. Col. N.N. Joshi said:
“At about 8 am today (Friday), an army patrol in Turtuk area of Ladakh was hit by an avalanche in which two soldiers were buried under the snow. Immediate rescue drills resulted in one soldier being rescued while the second soldier is still missing.”
He added that the rescued soldier is critical and has been taken to the nearest military hospital. “All efforts are being made to rescue the missing soldier,” Joshi said.
Chandigarh-based Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment had issued an advisory regarding the avalanche.
The ‘medium danger’ warning was issued for the higher areas of Jammu and Kashmir on and people were advised to not venture into these areas. It will remain effective for 24 hours.
In a similar incident, two Army soldiers were swept away by an avalanche which hit an Army post in Biamah area on March 17.
While one of the soldier Sujit was rescued, another soldier Sepoy Vijay Kumar died.
On February 3 this year, nine Army soldiers died when an avalanche hit the Siachen Glacier.
The tenth soldier Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad was miraculously pulled alive from under 25 feet of snow. But, he died three days later.