Snowfall in Tawang

The bodies of seven Indian army personnel were found on February 8, who went missing after their patrol was stuck by an avalanche in Tawang district under Kameng sector in Arunachal Pradesh two days back.

Tezpur-based defence PRO Lt Col Harsh Wardhan Pande said that despite the best efforts of everyone involved, all seven army personnel have been confirmed dead.

“Seven Indian army personnel, part of a patrol, were struck by an avalanche in the high-altitude area of Kameng Sector in Arunachal Pradesh on February 6. Search and rescue operations were launched immediately, including airlifting of specialised teams. Search and rescue operations have now been concluded. Bodies of all seven individuals have been recovered from the avalanche site. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of everyone involved, all seven have been confirmed deceased,” Lt Col Harsh Wardhan Pande said.

The defence PRO further said that the area, located at an altitude of 14500 feet, had been witnessing inclement weather with heavy snowfall since the last few days.

“The bodies of the soldiers are currently being transferred from the avalanche site to the nearest army medical facility for further formalities,” the defence PRO said.

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Hemanta Kumar Nath is a Guwahati-based journalist. He had worked with India Blooms News Service (IBNS), Meghalaya Times, Global News Network among others.

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