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An avalanche hit the Siachen glaciers on Monday killing four army personnel and two civilians.

Eight army jawans were buried under the snow and the avalanche hit the army post at Siachen glacier in Ladakh. After the avalanche hit the army post in the northern glacier at around 3:30 pm, the army troops immediately launched the rescue and recovery operations.

All eight personnel present in the army post were rescued out of avalanche debris. “Seven individuals who were critically injured, accompanied by medical teams, providing critical care were evacuated by helicopters to the nearest Military Hospital, where all lifesaving resuscitative measures were instituted,” an official statement by the army said.

However, despite the rescue operation being successful four army personnel and two civilians succumbed to extreme hypothermia, as per the official statement by the army.

A team of 150 Army men, including a group specialised in glaciated terrain, rushed to the site for an around-the-clock rescue operation.

After hours of the excruciating rescue operation in the extreme weather, the rescue team found Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad. He was buried under a thick bed of ice at 19,500 feet at the Siachen Glacier.

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