Bodies of 3 army men washed away in flash floods recovered



New Delhi: Bodies of three army men who were washed away in flash floods in Shyok river, caused by cloudburst over Leh on August 6, were recovered today from near their post in Tyakshi in Turtok along the Pakistan border.

With the recovery of the three Junior Commissioned Officers (JCO), the Army has till date recovered bodies of 15 out of the 28 men who were feared to have been washed away across the Line of Control into Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.

The 28 men had been manning their post at Tyakshi, near Siachen Glacier, when the flash floods occurred.

"We have today recovered the bodies of three JCOs. With this we have recovered bodies of three JCOs and 12 men and are yet to find the other 13 men. The search is in progress," an army officer said here.

The JCOs and men belonged to 15 Bihar and 8 Rajputana Rifles. Rajputana Rifles men were replacing the Bihar men at the post and it was during the course of their handing over that the flash floods struck.

In fact, India had sought the help of Pakistan to trace the men, who were washed into the PoK, and the neighbouring country assisted in recovering and handing over a couple of bodies recently.

PTI