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Avalanche hits near Lugnak La pass in Sikkim; 2 dead, others rescued

An avalanche has hit Lugnak La region in Sikkim. As per initial reports, a patrolling cum snow clearance party of 17-18 soldiers came under the avalanche. An army officer and a soldier lost their lives while others were rescued after an intense search operation.

Manish Prasad Manish Prasad @manishindiatv
New Delhi Updated on: May 15, 2020 0:42 IST
Avalanche, Lugnak La region, Sikkim
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Avalanche hits Lugnak La region in North Sikkim. (Representational image)

An avalanche has hit Lugnak La region in Sikkim. As per initial reports, a patrolling cum snow clearance party of 17-18 soldiers came under the avalanche. An army officer and a soldier lost their lives while others were rescued after an intense search operation.

Lieutenant Colonel Robert TA and Sapper/ OPEM Sapala Shanmukha Rao lost their lives due to avalanche in the Lugnak La region. 

India Tv - Lieutenant Colonel Robert TA

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Lieutenant Colonel Robert TA

India Tv - Sapper/ OPEM Sapala Shanmukha Rao

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Sapper/ OPEM Sapala Shanmukha Rao

Earlier in January this year, several people were rescued from the debris after an avalanche hit Jammu and Kashmir's Ganderbal district, officials informed. The avalanche struck the Gagangeer area on Srinagar-Kargil road, trapping four civilians.

Local residents and authorities swung into action and launched a search and rescue operation. Snow avalanches occur frequently in higher reaches of Kashmir during winter.

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