Siachen: Two soldiers died in a blizzard in glacier

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According to the Indian Army, two soldiers died in a blizzard that occurred today at the Siachen Glacier, the world's highest battlefield. At a height of 18,000 feet in the southern Siachen glacier, the blizzard came early Saturday when military personnel were patrolling.

The Indian Army has told that the avalanche rescue team reached the spot and took out the trapped patrol personnel. With the help of helicopters, the avalanche affected soldiers were taken to a safe place.

The incident happened earlier too

Prior to this incident, four soldiers and two civilians were killed in an avalanche on November 18 in the North Siachen Glacier. Common people used to carry the burden.

The Indian Army had then informed that eight people were involved in a patrol in the northern sector of Siachen Glacier during the day at an altitude of 19,000 feet. Then the avalanche occurred at around three in the afternoon.
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The army said in its statement that immediately after the incident, an avalanche rescue team was dispatched to the scene which took all eight people out of the ice.

All of them were brought by helicopter to the army hospital, out of which seven were in critical condition.

Despite much efforts, four soldiers and two common people could not be saved.

There were also unconfirmed reports that some Indian posts were also damaged in this avalanche.

World's highest battlefield

Siachen is said to be the highest battlefield in the world, which is 20 thousand feet above sea level in the Karakoram range.

The temperature in Siachen Glacier goes below minus 60 ° C. Also, it is a simple thing to have avalanches and landslides here.

In 2016, 10 soldiers were buried in snow in an avalanche in Siachen. Lance Naik Hanamanthappa was rescued six days later, but later died in Delhi.

Not only in India but on the other side of the Siachen glacier, similar conditions also occur in the Gyari sector of Pakistan. In 2012, 129 avalanches and 11 ordinary people of Pakistan were killed in an avalanche.