10 Indian Army soldiers are reportedly missing after a severe avalanche hit the army post at Siachen glacier.
The soldiers were hit as they patrolled a glacier at an altitude of 19,600 feet, Colonel S D Goswami said.
“In the early hours of today, 10 soldiers were hit by an avalanche at the northern Siachen Glacier while on patrol,” Goswami said.
Siachen is the world’s highest active battlefield, contested by India and Pakistan since 1984 when India launched Operation Meghdoot. Indian Army currently occupies the full Siachen glacier, while Pakistani forces are deployed at the lower heights of Saltoro ridge.
In January, four soldiers were killed by an avalanche, last year another four died when their vehicle was buried under an avalanche near Leh. An estimated 8000 soldiers have died since 1984 due to adverse climatic conditions in Siachen.