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Two armed forces personnel killed after avalanche hits army post in Siachen

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Ladakh: Two armed forces personnel were killed after they got stuck in a devastating avalanche in Siachen, Ladakh military sources said.

They said that an avalanche hit the patrolling party in sub-sector Haneef around 1 pm on Sunday where a group of forces personnel and porters were stuck.

“The forces personnel were rescued but two of them later succumbed,” said a source. Other forces personnel and porters who were also in the area when the avalanche struck are stable and out of danger, the sources said.

This was the third incident at Siachen this month. Earlier, on April 14 a JCO was killed at the Siachen sector. The Siachen glacier at the height of around 20,000 ft in the Karakoram range is known as the highest militarized zone in the world where forces have to battle frostbite and high winds.

Avalanches and landslides are common at the glacier and temperatures can drop to as low as minus 60 degrees Celsius. (KNO)

 

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