Multiple avalanches hit army post in Batalik Sector, three soldiers missing

Snowfall triggers multiple avalanches burying Army Post in Batalik Sector, 2 soldiers out of 5 rescued; rescue ops for 3 in progress

At least five soldiers got trapped on Thursday after multiple avalanches triggered by heavy snowfall hit an army post in Batalik Sector in Jammu and Kashmir.

According to media report, two out of the five soldiers have been evacuated while rescue operation to bring out remaining three is in progress.

The official Twitter handler confirmed the report and tweeted, “Unprecedented snowfall triggers multiple avalanches; a Post in Batalik Sector buried, 2 soldiers out of 5 rescued.

“Rescue operation for balance three soldiers in progress. Specially trained & equipped Avalanche Rescue Teams employed.

This year, in January, at least 15 soldiers were killed after two avalanches hit a military post and a patrol along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. Between 2014 and 2016, 58 soldiers died in natural calamities.

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