Seven Army personnel hit by avalanche in Arunachal Pradesh, rescue operation underway
- In 2019, the government informed Parliament that six Army personnel had died due to avalanches
- The area has been witnessing inclement weather with heavy snowfall
- The Army personnel were part of a patrolling team and were hit by the avalanche on Sunday
Seven Indian Army personnel are reported to have been struck by an avalanche in the high altitude area of Kameng sector in Arunachal Pradesh and search and rescue operations are underway to trace them, official sources said on Monday.
They said the Army personnel were part of a patrolling team and were hit by the avalanche on Sunday.
"Search and rescue operations are currently underway. Specialised teams have been airlifted to assist in rescue operations," said a source.
"The area has been witnessing inclement weather with heavy snowfall since the last few days," it said.
In October 2021, five Navy personnel were caught in an avalanche on Mt Trishul in Uttarakhand, where they had gone for an expedition. Their remains were recovered later.
In February 2020, the government informed Parliament that six Army personnel had died due to avalanches and snow-slides in the Siachen Glacier in 2019, while 11 others were killed in similar incidents elsewhere.
The government had said that all armed forces personnel inducted into "high-altitude regions are provided adequate training in mountain craft, ice craft and survival in glaciated terrain in mountains, and in coping with any eventuality like avalanches" and that they are also "taught to handle medical emergencies".