Five Armymen killed, 33 untraceable after Leh cloudburst
Leh/New Delhi: Five Armymen were killed in
the cloudburst at Leh and other areas of the region while 33
personnel, swept away in flash floods that struck a camp near
Siachen glacier, are yet to be traced.
The Army has sought Pakistan's help to rescue the
soldiers, including three junior commissioned officers, who
were manning Tyakshi post in Turtuk sector, about 150 metres
from the Line of Control, officials said Monday.
The personnel still remain untraced despite the Army
deploying men, helicopters and catch nets in nearby river
Shyok. Official sources said the Director General Military
Operation has informed the Pakistani counterpart about
possibility of some Army personnel being washed away in areas
under their control.
The soldiers had faced the fury of a swollen Shyok river
on Friday when Leh was hit by flash floods following a
devastating cloudburst. The missing personnel belonged to
Bihar Regiment and Raj Rif Regiment, GOC of 14 Corps
Lieutenant General S K Singh said in Leh.
It is feared that some of the missing personnel could be
buried under slush. Unlike in other places where the height of
slush is about 4 to 5 feet, it is about 20-25 feet where the
army camp had once stood, Singh said.
"The cloudburst has done a lot of damage to civilian as
well as the military establishment," he said.
The Army also reported the death of five of its personnel
in the cloudburst at Leh, Choglamsar, Nimu, Tyakshi, Batalik
and Karu in the region.
It said Defence personnel, their aircraft and equipment
continued to be deployed in the relief and rescue efforts.
The Army said it has deployed 41 columns comprising
4,100 men today in the ongoing relief operations at Leh and
adjoining areas hit by calamity.
In addition, Army troops are assisting Border Roads
Organisation (BRO) in creating diversions at several damaged
bridge sites on National Highway-1D. Two of the 11 bridges
that were damaged in the cloudburst were made operational at
Phyang and Choglamsar, it said.
Communication requirements of the district
administration were being maintained by two INMARSATs
equipment provided by the Army.