An avalanche hit an army unit near Mount Kun in Ladakh on Monday, resulting in the tragic loss of one soldier’s life and leaving three others missing. Approximately 40 military personnel from the High Altitude Warfare School (HAWS) and the Army Adventure Wing were undergoing training in the vicinity when the avalanche occurred.
According to officials, the soldiers were engaged in training exercises in the challenging terrain of Ladakh near Mount Kun. Suddenly, they found themselves in the path of an avalanche, which swept them away.
Following the avalanche, a rescue operation was immediately launched, which is still underway. The team has recovered the body of one soldier who made the ultimate sacrifice. Three other soldiers, remain missing, and efforts to locate them continue.
As soon as news of the avalanche broke, the rescue team reached the site to initiate search and rescue operations.
This incident serves as a grim reminder of the challenges faced by the Indian Army while conducting operations in the harsh and unforgiving terrains of the region. The soldiers stationed in these areas often put their lives on the line to protect the nation’s borders.
In a related incident earlier this year, an avalanche struck in Sikkim, claiming the lives of seven tourists. The incident occurred on April 4, 2023, when a group of tourists was trapped in an avalanche while traveling on the Jawaharlal Nehru Marg, connecting Gangtok to Nathu La Pass.
The Indian Army swiftly responded to the incident, rescuing 23 individuals, including 11 who sustained serious injuries and were admitted to hospitals in Gangtok.
Avalanches, also known as snowslides or snow avalanches, occur when snow, rocks, and debris rapidly descend down a mountain slope. They are typically triggered by loose snow or rocks on a steep mountain slope.
As the search and rescue operation continues near Mount Kun in Ladakh, the nation remains hopeful for the safe return of the missing soldiers and expresses its condolences for the loss of Lance Corporal Rajesh Kumar.