Never miss a great news story!
Get instant notifications from Economic Times
AllowNot now


You can switch off notifications anytime using browser settings.
11,921.50-96.9
Stock Analysis, IPO, Mutual Funds, Bonds & More

Four Army personnel, two porters killed in avalanche in Siachen glacier

The team was on a patrol when the avalanche hit them around 3 pm. The sources said a search and rescue operation has been launched to locate the team. The Siachen Glacier at the height of around 20,000 ft in the Karakoram range is known as the hig...

PTI|
Updated: Nov 19, 2019, 01.33 PM IST
0Comments
4 army personnel, 2 local killed in an Avalanche tragedy in Siachen
4 army personnel, 2 local killed in an Avalanche tragedy in Siachen
Four Indian Army personnel and two civilian porters were killed after they were hit by an avalanche in the northern part of the Siachen Glacier on Monday afternoon, officials said.

A group of eight persons, including six Indian Army personnel, were struck by the avalanche at an altitude of 19,000 ft around 3 pm, they said.

Two Indian Army personnel survived the avalanche. Rescue teams from nearby posts were rushed to the location after the incident, an Army spokesperson said.

"All eight personnel were pulled out of the avalanche debris. Seven individuals were critically injured in the incident," the official said.


Despite best efforts, four soldiers and two porters succumbed to extreme hypothermia, the official said.

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 degrees Celsius.

Also Read

4 soldiers killed by snow avalanche near LoC in north Kashmir

2 personnel killed as avalanche hits Army patrol in Siachen glacier

Siachen avalanche: Army Chief apprises Defence Minister about ground situation

HP avalanche: Another army jawan's body recovered, four still missing

Comments
Add Your Comments
Commenting feature is disabled in your country/region.
Download The Economic Times Business News App for the Latest News in Business, Sensex, Stock Market Updates & More.

Other useful Links


Follow us on


Download et app


Copyright © 2019 Bennett, Coleman & Co. Ltd. All rights reserved. For reprint rights: Times Syndication Service