(Video) Rajya Sabha TV (RSTV) In Depth: Avalanche in Kargil

(Video) Rajya Sabha TV (RSTV) In Depth: Avalanche in Kargil

Topic: Avalanche in Kargil

Topic Description:

In the Kargil district, the Indian Army has another big adversary besides Pakistan . These are avalanches.

Over 1,000 Indian soldiers, including over 35 officers, have lost their lives in the Siachen Glacier-Saltoro Ridge region since April 1984.

On Monday, four soldiers died after being trapped in snow for hours after an avalanche hit Army positions in northern Siachen Glacier. Two porters also died. The soldiers were a part of a patrolling group of eight..

At a height of around 20,000 ft in the Karakoram range. The Siachen Glacier is known as the highest militarised zone in the world where the soldiers have to battle frostbite and high winds.

Avalanches and landslides are common on the glacier during the winters and temperatures can drop to as low as minus 60 degree Celsius.

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Courtesy: RSTV