Five missing army men remain untraced 

Srinagar: Three days after five soldiers went missing after a snow avalanche hit their camps in two different places in north Kashmir, the chances of their survival appear bleak.

The authorities have put a number of rescue teams on the job to trace out the five soldiers but after three days of fighting the hard weather, the teams have not been able to find any traces of the missing men.

“The search and rescue operations in both the areas are underway,” Defense Ministry spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia told ‘Kashmir Vision’.

Three soldiers went missing in Gurez sector of Bandipora while two others went missing in Nowgam sector of Kupwara district when snow avalanche hit their camps on Monday night.

Three soldiers of 36 RR unit went missing after an avalanche hit an army camp in Baktore area of Gurez in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district following heavy snowfall in the area. Meanwhile, in another incident, two army men of 20 Dogra went missing after a snow avalanche hit an army post in Nowgam sector of Kupwara district.

Earlier, the army also called HAWS (High Altitude Warfare School) rescue team to trace the soldiers.

However, according to the sources, the rescue units were facing difficulties in rescue and search operation to trace out missing soldiers due to heavy snowfall.

Pertinently, a porter working with Army slipped to death from a mountain top due to slippery conditions following the snowfall in border town of Gurez on Monday.


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