A soldier who was injured after an avalanche hit an Indian Army patrol party in Jammu and Kashmir’s Ladakh region died on Friday.
The army team was struck in Turtuk sector earlier in the morning. Lance Havildar Bhawan Tamang of Darjeeling in West Bengal suffered injuries and another soldier went missing.
“Lance Havildar Bhawan Tamang...has succumbed to his injuries,” an army spokesperson said.
Lt Gen DS Hooda, army commander of the Northern Command, has expressed condolences to Tamang’s family.
A search operation is underway for the missing soldier.
“Massive efforts are currently on to rescue the other jawan inspite of inclement weather in the area,” the spokesperson added.
Inhospitable climate at the high altitudes along the Line of Control has claimed many from the Indian and Pakistani armies.
A ‘medium danger’ avalanche warning has been issued for higher areas of J-K, advising people not to venture out.
The advisory, issued by Chandigarh-based Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) that comes under the defence ministry, will remain effective over the next 24 hours beginning 5pm on Friday.
Last week, a soldier was killed after an avalanche struck an army outpost in the Kargil sector last week.
In February, 10 soldiers died after being buried in an avalanche in Siachen .
Lance Naik Hanamanthapa, who was found buried alive under 25 feet of ice after six days, died at the Army RR hospital in New Delhi.