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7 Army personnel struck by avalanche in Arunachal; rescue operations underway

By Priyanka Verma 
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7 Army personnel struck by avalanche in Arunachal; rescue operations underway

Arunachal Pradesh: Seven Indian Army personnel have been hit by an avalanche in the high altitude area of Kameng sector in Arunachal Pradesh, official army sources said today.

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The Army said in a statement that the area has been reporting inclement weather with heavy snowfall for the last several days.

The Army also said, “Rescue operations underway in Kameng Sector of Arunachal Pradesh to rescue Army patrol hit by an avalanche. Specialised teams have been airlifted to assist in rescue operations. The area has been witnessing inclement weather with heavy snowfall for the last few days.”

The incident took place in the high-altitude area of the Kameng sector yesterday. The Army has airlifted search and rescue teams to the location and operations were underway to trace the missing personnel.

In May 2020, two Army soldiers who were part of a patrol-cum-snow-clearing party died after they were caught in an avalanche in Sikkim.

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In October last year five Navy personnel were caught in an avalanche on Mt Trishul in Uttarakhand, where they had gone for an expedition. Their remains were recovered later. In February 2020, the government informed Parliament that six Army personnel had died due to avalanches and snow-slides in the Siachen Glacier in 2019, while 11 others were killed in similar incidents elsewhere.

The government had said that all armed forces personnel inducted into “high-altitude regions are provided adequate training in mountain craft, ice craft and survival in glaciated terrain in mountains, and in coping with any eventuality like avalanches” and that they are also “taught to handle medical emergencies”.

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