10 Indian armymen missing in Siachen Glacier avalanche
| Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 19:44
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Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - 16:17
Jammu: Ten soldiers, including an officer, went missing on Wednesday after an avalanche hit them in Siachen Glacier in Jammu and Kashmir's Ladakh region.
"Ten soldiers, including a junior commissioned officer (JCO), are missing after an avalanche hit their patrol at 19,000 feet above the sea level in southern side of the Siachen Glacier early Wednesday," Colonel S.D. Goswami, spokesman of army's Udhampur headquartered northern command, told IANS here.
"A massive rescue operation has been started by the army and the Air Force to trace the missing personnel who are feared buried under the avalanche," he added.
Last month, four soldiers lost their lives when a massive avalanche fell on their patrol party. They got buried under the snow in the same region.
Siachen Glacier is the world's highest battlefield which the brave hearts of the Indian Army guard despite extremely hostile climate. The winter temperatures often drop to minus 50 degrees Celsius in the region.
In April 2012, around 140 soldiers and several civilian contractors were trapped under snow when an avalanche hit a Pakistani military base in Gayari sector.