An avalanche has hit the Indian Army patrolling party in Northern Glacier in Siachen. As per media reports, eight jawans remain trapped under snow. Rescue and relief operations are underway.
The army position in the northern glacier was hit by the avalanche at 3:30 p.m. today. As per the army sources, these eight army personnel were a part of the patrolling party and were in the Siachen glacier during that time.
The northern glacier where the avalanche struck has an altitude of 18000 feet and more.
According to Skymet Weather, Northern Glacier in Siachen had been under the threat of Avalanche after the passage of a Western Disturbance through the region this weekend. The system had given good amount of snowfall over the glacier.
We do not expect much relief in the coming days as another Western Disturbance is on way and might start impacting the weather November 20 or 21 onwards. With this, the threat of Avalanche looms large over the glacier.
This year, snowfall activities have made an appearance in November itself with early snowfall for Srinagar as well on November 6. To be precise, glaciers have snowed heavily. In fact, back to back Western disturbances have led to the accumulation of snow which further may have caused the avalanche.
At least 10 army men were trapped under 35 feet snow in February this year itself when an ice wall crashed on them in the Siachen Glacier.
150 Army men had then rushed to the site for a rescue operation. One person was found under a thick bed of ice but he died three days later.
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