4 Soldiers, 2 Porters Dead After Avalanche In Siachen, Soldiers Trapped In Snow

4 Soldiers, 2 Porters Dead After Avalanche In Siachen,  Soldiers Trapped In Snow

After Avalanche In Siachen,  Soldiers Trapped In Snow: Report (file image) 

New Delhi: Four soldiers died after being trapped in snow for hours after an avalanche hit army positions in the northern Siachen glacier today. Two porters also died in the accident. The soldiers were a part of a patrolling group of eight; the victims died due to extreme hypothermia.

The avalanche took place at 3.30pm in the northern glacier at an altitude of 18,000 feet.

The Army had launched a massive search and rescue operation to bring back the trapped soldiers. All the soldiers were pulled out of the debris; seven were critically injured.

"The soldiers were part of a patrol. They have been trapped at a height of between 18,000 and 19,000 feet above sea level after they were hit by a snow avalanche. Operations have been launched and are underway to search and rescue them," a senior Army official told IANS.

The Siachen Glacier at the height of around 20,000 ft in the Karakoram range is known as the highest militarised zone in the world where the soldiers have to battle frostbite and high winds.

Avalanches and landslides are common at the glacier during the winters and temperatures can drop to as low as minus 60 degrees Celsius.