Rescue Operation Continues in Siachen

Published: 06th February 2016 01:18 PM  |   Last Updated: 06th February 2016 01:22 PM   |  A+A-


Operations by the specialized teams of the Army and the Air Force in progress to rescue the soldiers hit by an avalanche in Siachen on Thursday. Ten soldiers of an Army Post located were hit by a massive avalanche in the early hours of Wednesday. | PTI


NEW DELHI: The rescue operation to find the 10 soldiers who were buried alive after an avalanche hit an army post in Siachen on February 3 is continuing with additional specialised equipment and teams deployed at the site, said the Ministry of Defence in a press release issued here on Saturday.

The avalanche struck an Indian Army post in the Northern Siachen Glacier at a height of 19,600 feet. The army post that faced its brunt was manned by one junior commissioned officer (JCO) and nine soldiers. All ten soldiers went missing after the avalanche.

Amid massive operation undertaken by the armed forces to rescue soldiers trapped under snow, the Defence Ministry had, earlier, said that chances of finding any survivors are rare.

Specialised teams of the Army and the Air Force have been deployed to carry out the search and rescue operations in the area, where temperatures range from minus 42 degrees in the night to minus 25 degrees during the day.

The avalanche struck an Indian Army post in the Northern Siachen Glacier at a height of 19,600 feet.

The 10 missing soldiers are Subedar Nagesha, Havildar Elumalai, Lance Havildar S Kumar, Lance Naik Sudheesh B, Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad, Sepoy Mahesha PN, Sepoy Ganesan G, Sepoy Rama Moorthy N r/o vill  Gudisatana Palli, and Sepoy Nursing Assistant Suryawanshi SV.

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