Four soldiers and two porters killed as avalanche hits Indian Army positions in Siachen Glacier

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 18, 2019, 11.16 PM(IST)

File photo of Siachen glacier. Photograph:( AFP )

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According to the officials, despite best efforts, six persons — four soldiers and two civilian porters — succumbed to extreme hypothermia.

Four soldiers and two civilian porters killed on Monday when an avalanche hit Indian Army positions at Siachen Glacier's northern sector.

According to preliminary information, the avalanche struck the camp located in the northern Siachen Glacier, at a height of 18,000 feet at around 3.30 pm and eight personnel were trapped under the snow. 

According to the officials, despite best efforts, six persons — four soldiers and two civilian porters — succumbed to extreme hypothermia.

The incident highlights the severe dangers that soldiers face in manning the inhospitable terrain at heights of 18,875 ft in intense climate conditions on the world’s highest battlefield.

In 2016, ten soldiers, including nine jawans of the Indian Army's 19 Madras battalion and one junior commissioned officer (JCO), were killed after an avalanche came crashing down on their post situated at 19,600 feet on the Actual Ground Position Line, which is India's border with Pakistan at Siachen.

Around 900 soldiers have lost their lives due to bad climatic conditions in Siachen Glacier since the 1980s.

(With inputs from agencies)