Avalanche Hits Army Post: 2 Buried Alive Under Snow

SRINAGAR: A soldier was killed and another was feared dead after an army post came under an avalanche at Machil sector in north Kashmir’s frontier Kupwara district on Thursday.

Official sources said that two army men of 5 ASSAM (D Company) were buried alive when a snow avalanche hit their post near Muthal top in Machil sector of the district late Thursday afternoon.

Later, a rescue operation was launched by the forces. One of the soldiers was rescued in critical conditions while the searches were on to find another soldier.

The injured soldier was immediately shifted to nearby hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries, sources said.

A senior army official while confirming the incident said that one of the missing soldiers retrieved from the avalanche succumbed in the hospital. Regarding another soldier Niak W Lampa Konyak (32 years old) (belt no. 4369289-W, he said that rescue operations were on in the area to locate the missing trooper.

He identified the deceased soldier as Thoumdan Singh (29-years-old) (belt no. 4372029-W).

On December 25, 2013, a Border Security Force (BSF) personnel, Hawaldar Rotaz Singh died while another jawan, Sumesh Kumar of 69 bn (Still missing) when the duo slipped from the mountain track about 300 ft deep at Machil Sector in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district. 

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