Soldier missing after an avalanche hits an army post in Kargil

A soldier has been missing after an avalanche hit an army post on LoC (Line of Control) in Kargil district of Jammu and Kashmir.

“An avalanche triggered by a mild earthquake hit an army post located at an altitude of 17,500 feet in Kargil sector of Jammu and Kashmir at about 10.45 in night on 17th March and two soldiers who were on surveillance duty were washed away,” spokesperson of army’s Northern Command Col. SD Goswami said on Saturday, adding that rescue operations were launched and one of them was rescued.

“One soldier could be rescued while the second soldier is still missing. The rescued soldier is medically stable and is recovering. Rescue operations to locate the missing soldier are currently on in spite of the adverse weather conditions,” he added.

Ten soldiers were killed in an avalanche on the Siachen Glacier past month. Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad, who was rescued and later shifted to the Army’s Research and Referral Hospital (R&R) in Delhi, could not be saved despite efforts taken to revive him.

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