Siachen Glacier: 10 Indian Army Soldiers. who were missing after an avalanche hit a high-altitude military post in Siachen Glacier yesterday have been declared dead.
The Northern Command of the Indian Army on Thursday said, “It is with deepest of regrets that chances of finding any survivors are now very remote.”
Ten soldiers of an Army Post located at an altitude of 19,600 feet were hit by a massive avalanche in the early hours of February 3.
Operations by specialised teams of the Army and the Air Force have entered the second day today. Specialised equipment was flown in to Leh today morning to further boost the rescue efforts. The glaciated area presents temperatures ranging from a minimum of minus 42 degrees in the night to maximum of minus 25 degrees during the day.
Lt Gen DS Hooda, Army Commander, Northern Command, has expressed his grief on the tragic incident. He said, “It is a tragic event and we salute the soldiers who braved all challenges to guard our frontiers and made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty”.