Around 250 soldiers of Indian Army and paramilitary forces are deployed in search operation for five security personnel, who were buried in snow after an avalanche in Kinnaur, Himachal Pradesh. In the avalanche, one army personnel has also lost his life on Wednesday.
The soldiers got hit by a sliding glacier at Namgya region of Kinnaur, on Wednesday morning at 11 am.
He was a significant part of an Army patrol, which is deployed in Shipki La Sector along the India-China Border area. In two separate teams, 16 soldiers were patrolling the border area. Several Indian soldiers got trapped in the snow. While most were safely rescued and one died on the way to hospital.
Six jawans are still trapped in the snow in Kinnaur. Today, early in the morning the search operation for them has resumed with low temperatures, freezes 15 degrees below zero.
The Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) has reported that 4-inches of fresh snow have gathered on the slopes. The ITBP is also involved in the rescue operation of five jawans. The Border Roads Organisation has implemented machines to try and track down the trapped soldiers under snow.
A spokesman of India Army said that the search and rescue operation would go on until the last soldier was retrieved.
The avalanche struck at Dogri Nala, which is an area that has not experienced avalanche before.
Further details on the rescue operation of five jawans awaited.