Soldier missing after avalanche hits army post in Kargil

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Jammu, March 19 (IANS) A soldier is missing after an avalanche hit an army post on Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kargil on Thursday and search operations are on, an army official said.

“A natural avalanche triggered by a mild earthquake hit an army post located at an altitude of 17,500 feet in Kargil sector at about 10.45 p.m. on March 17 and two soldiers who were on surveillance duty were washed away,” army’s Northern Command spokesman Col. S.D.Goswami told IANS.

“Immediate rescue operations were launched in which one soldier could be rescued, while the second soldier is still missing.

“The rescued soldier is medically stable and is recovering. Rescue operations to rescue the missing soldier are currently on in spite of the adverse weather conditions,” he added.

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