In the Himalayan region, at least 10 Indian soldiers were dead due to an avalanche which engulfed their station near the Siachen Glacier. The India’s Defense Ministry made an announcement on Thursday. After the accident, Indian Army and Air Force personnel were sent to the accident spot to search for possible survivors even though temperatures on the Siachen glacier range from -25 C to -42 C.
“It is with deepest regret that we have to state that chances of finding any survivors are now very remote,” the ministry said in a statement. Earlier in January, an avalanche hit a patrol party and four soldiers were dead in this accident. On the Siachen Glacier, the border between India and Pakistan, extreme weather conditions have already killed many soldiers stationed here. “Since 1984, India has lost 869 troops due to the extreme weather events,” said S. D. Goswami, a spokesperson for the Indian Army’s Northern Command.
The most recent news indicates that the soldiers who were trapped in the avalanche all died. Public opinion in India remains strongly in favor of maintaining this base, despite the ongoing loss of life that it entails.
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The avalanche site at Siachen. Bana Post visible in the background. RIP soldiers & thank you for your service. pic.twitter.com/oipuc0lDwd
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My salute to the brave Tambhis who lost their lives in avalanche at Siachen pic.twitter.com/jTjbmccEqZ
— Vijay Kumar Singh (@Gen_VKSingh) February 5, 2016
At 6PM, we pay tribute to the Siachen fallen & tell you what our heroes endure at the world's highest battlefield. pic.twitter.com/1rp7VZW3c3
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