The Hush Post|10:10am| 1-min-read
More than 250 jawans of Army, ITBP & BRO machines are to resume the search for 5 jawans trapped in snow after an avalanche hit them in Namgya region of Kinnaur district. The temperature there is -15°C.
Rescue ops will continue on Thursday. There has been 4 inch fresh snow accumulation on the snow slopes which is hindering search operations.
One Army jawan was killed and five others feared dead on Wednesday after an avalanche hit an Army patrol that was deployed in Shipki La along the India-China border in Kinnaur district.
Six jawans of the 7 JAK Rifles of the Army unit, four from Himachal Pradesh, one each from Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir—are feared dead in the avalanche.
According to Army sources, soldiers were patrolling at Namgia Dogri near Shipki La, when an avalanche happened.
Kinnaur Deputy Commissioner Gopal Chand said the avalanche occurred at around 11 am on Wednesday. When the avalanche descended rapidly down from the mountainside near Shipki La, 16 Army and ITBP jawans had gone towards the Shipki La border post from Namagya in order to repair a damaged water supply line.
Army jawan, Rakesh Kumar, who was rescued succumbed to his injuries later. Rakesh Kumar (41) belonged to Ghumarpur village in Bilaspur district of Himachal Pradesh, Kinnaur SP Sakshi Verma told PTI.
Kumar’s body was taken to the Pooh civil hospital for autopsy. Five soldiers remained buried under the snow till Wednesday night, said Shiv Mohan Singh Saini, SDM of Pooh sub-division under which Namgia Dogri falls.
“Five ITBP personnel were also trapped in the avalanche, but they have been rescued,” the SDM said.