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4 Soldiers, 2 Porters Dead as avalanche hits Army patrol in Siachen

Srinagar [India], Nov 19: An avalanche hit Army positions on Monday in northern Siachen Glacier in Ladakh in which four soldiers and two civilian porters died after being trapped in snow for hours

The deceased were rescued from the avalanche debris but succumbed to extreme hypothermia, confirmed the Indian Army.

The Army official said that an avalanche struck Army patrol of eight personnel at 3:30 pm positioned in Norther Sector of Siachen Glacier at an altitude of 19,000 feet above sea level .

Avalanche Rescue Teams were deployed in the avalanche-hit region to rescue the individuals who were stuck under the snow. After hours of rescue operations, all eight personnel were pulled out of the avalanche debris.

Seven individuals, who were critically injured, accompanied by medical teams were evacuated by helicopters to the nearest Military Hospital.

At the hospital, a total of six persons including four soldiers and two porters succumbed to extreme hypothermia after they were stuck under the snow for long hours.

Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh expressed his grief over the demise of soldiers. “Deeply pained by the demise of soldiers and porters due to avalanche in Siachen. I salute their courage and service to the nation. My heartfelt condolences to their families,” he said

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