The Indian army has reported that there is little chance of finding the 10 soldiers alive after an avalanche struck the Siachen glacier. A spokesperson said that the rescuer searched the area in the Indian-administered Kashmir for the second day on Thursday.
According to BBC, the avalanche struck the military post which is in the high altitude on Wednesday morning. It was reported that the avalanche was a kilometer wide and 600 meters high.
Siachen is in northern tip of Kashmir and it is the highest as well as coldest battle field in the world. It is at an average altitude of 20,000 feet. NDTV reported that rescuers with dogs were carving through massive chunks of ice looking for the soldiers. Siachen is guarded by both Indian and Pakistani soldiers as both the countries dispute over the region’s sovereignty.
Pakistan offered to help in the search operation. Pakistan Army Director General Military Operations (DGMO) called his Indian counterpart and offered help in the search mission.
A statement released by Pakistan’s Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) read, “Pakistan DGMO called his Indian counterpart and offered help for rescue of Indian soldiers who came under snow avalanche in Northern Areas.”
However, the offer was turned down by India.
The Indian Army issued a statement which said, “The area presents temperatures ranging from a minimum of minus 42C in the night to a maximum of minus 25C during the day. Rescue teams are braving adverse weather and effects of rarefied atmosphere to locate and rescue survivors.”
However, the army expressed its deepest regret as the chances of finding the survivors were very low.
Lt-Gen DS Hooda, the head of the army’s northern command said, “It is a tragic event and we salute the soldiers who braved all challenges to guard our frontiers and made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Demise of soldiers in Siachen is very tragic. I salute the brave soldiers who gave their lives to the nation. Condolences to their families.”
In Siachen, more soldiers die because of the harsh climactic conditions than in combat.