Soldier goes missing

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A soldier went missing on Friday after an avalanche hit an Indian Army patrol party on the Siachen glacier in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, an official said.

Army spokesperson NN Joshi said that avalanche struck between 7.30am and 8am. “One of the two soldiers has been rescued but his condition remains critical. Search operations are on for the other soldier.” An avalanche struck an army outpost in the Kargil sector last week, killing a soldier.

The body of the soldier was recovered from under 12 feet of snow. A ‘medium danger’ avalanche warning had earlier been issued for higher areas of Jammu and Kashmir, advising people not to venture out.

The advisory, issued by Chandigarh-based Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) which comes under the Ministry of Defence, will remain effective over the next 24 hours beginning 5pm on Friday.

Ten soldiers had died after being buried in an avalanche in Siachen last week. Lance Naik Hanamanthapa, who was found buried alive under 25 feet of ice, died at the Army RR hospital in New Delhi, four days after his rescue.

 

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