Jawan's body found; Army toll in cloudburst climbs to 10



Leh: A week after the devastating cloudburst in Leh, the body of a jawan has been retrieved from the Turtuk sector taking the army toll to 10 while 25 other personnel are still missing.

Official sources said the body of an armyman was extricated from the debris on Friday evening.

The armyman could be a part of the company posted in the area, whose camp got swept away in the slush following the cloudburst on the night of August 5.

With the recovery of his body, the death toll of army personnel in the calamity has risen to 10, the sources said.

The army has launched a massive rescue operation to trace the other 25 missing personnel which included two Junior Commissioned Officers of the Bihar regiment and one of Rajasthan Rifles.

The jawans, who were manning a post near Turtuk along the Line of Control, faced the fury of Shyok river on the same day when Leh was hit by devastating cloudburst.

The Army had sought the help of Pakistani authorities to rescue the personnel of 15 Bihar infantry regiment as it feared that they may have been swept away towards Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in the deluge.

Pakistan had on August 12 handed over an unidentified body of a flash flood victim to Indian authorities in Kargil sector.

PTI