No trace of 5 soldiers missing

There was still no trace of five soldiers who went missing near Line of Control (LoC) in the Kupwara and Bandipora districts after heavy snowfall in north Kashmir on Tuesday.  There was very less chance of their survival after remaining buried under snow for the third day today.

A number of rescue teams are on the job to trace the soldiers who are missing after  snow, a defence ministry spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said this morning.        He said that a snow avalanche  hit Army’s Mani Post at Bagtoo in Gurez in which three soldiers were buriedon Tuesday. He said search and rescue operation was immediately  launched in the area despite continued snowfall to trace the missing soldiers. There is about three to four feet of snow in the area.       He said two soldiers, who were part of a party, patrolling forward areas in Nowgam sector in Kupwara  district, slipped from a mountain.

He said searches continued at both the places to rescue the soldiers despite intermittent snowfall for the past two days.              A porter working with Army slipped to death from a mountain top due to slippery conditions following fresh snowfall in border town of Gurez on Monday.       As many as 14 soldiers were killed in January this year in two snow avalanches which hit an Army post and patrol party in Gurez sector.

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