Two army men were killed and some others rescued after an avalanche hit an Army patrol in southern Siachen glacier on Saturday.
This is the second avalanche that has caused causalities to army in Siachen in November.
Defence spokesman, Colonel Rajesh Kalia said an army patrol operating at an altitude of approximately 18,000 feet in southern Siachen Glacier was hit by an avalanche during the early hours today.
An Avalanche Rescue Team (ART) following the patrol immediately rushed to the spot, he said.
“ART managed to locate and pull out all members of the patrol from the debris of avalanche. Simultaneously, Army helicopters were pressed into service to evacuate them for medical help,” Kalia said.
However, two Army personnel succumbed to injuries in the hospital, he said.
The deceased were identified as Tsewang Gialshan, 40, and Padma Norgais, 21, both residents of Leh.
Earlier, on November 18 an eight-member Army patrol was hit by an avalanche in Northern sector of Siachen glacier at an altitude of 19,000 feet in which four army men and two porters died of extreme hypothermia.
The Siachen glacier, known as the world’s highest battlefield, has been a bone of contention between India and Pakistan since 1984.
Situated on the northern edge of Himalayas in Ladakh, the glacier which reaches heights of 22,000 feet at places is prone to avalanches.
Avalanches and landslides are common at the glacier during the winter. The temperatures can dip as low as -60 degrees during the winter.
India and Pakistan have lost more army men to adverse weather than combat in Siachen since 1984.
On February 3, 2016, at least 10 army men were killed in a massive avalanche in the glacier.
Lance Naik Hanamanthappa Koppad, who had survived for six days after being buried under 25 feet of snow, later died at an army hospital in Delhi.
The Army has lost 163 personnel, including six officers, deployed at the Siachen Glacier during the last 10 years, according to details provided by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Lok Sabha in 2018.