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1 Jawan Killed, 5 Trapped in Kinnaur Avalanche

India | News18 | February 20, 2019, 9:19 pm
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 A snow avalanche killed a soldier while five other soldiers went missing near the Tibet border in Himachal Pradesh's Kinnaur district on February 20, 2019. (Image: Special Arrangement)

A snow avalanche killed a soldier while five other soldiers went missing near the Tibet border in Himachal Pradesh's Kinnaur district on February 20, 2019. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Five Indo-Tibetan Border Force (ITBP) troopers were also injured in the disaster that occurred at around 11 a.m.The avalanche was triggered when the glacier near Namgia Dogri bordering Tibet slid, burying six soldiers of the Jammu and Kashmir Rifles when 16 soldiers were on routine patrol, a government official said. (Image: Special Arrangement)

Five Indo-Tibetan Border Force (ITBP) troopers were also injured in the disaster that occurred at around 11 a.m.The avalanche was triggered when the glacier near Namgia Dogri bordering Tibet slid, burying six soldiers of the Jammu and Kashmir Rifles when 16 soldiers were on routine patrol, a government official said. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 The government earlier said in a statement that the avalanche killed five ITBP troopers. The government said in a revised statement that two separate parties of the Army and the ITBP were patrolling at Namgia Dogri when the avalanche hit. (Image: Special Arrangement)

The government earlier said in a statement that the avalanche killed five ITBP troopers. The government said in a revised statement that two separate parties of the Army and the ITBP were patrolling at Namgia Dogri when the avalanche hit. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 The soldier who died has been identified as Rajesh Kumar, 41, belonging to Himachal Pradesh. Deputy Commissioner Gopal Chand told IANS over the telephone that approximately 150 people of the Army and the administration were involved in the search operation. (Image: Special Arrangement)

The soldier who died has been identified as Rajesh Kumar, 41, belonging to Himachal Pradesh. Deputy Commissioner Gopal Chand told IANS over the telephone that approximately 150 people of the Army and the administration were involved in the search operation. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 The disaster spot is some 350 km from the state capital. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur expressed grief over the incident and pledged to provide all assistance to the Army to ensure relief and rehabilitation work. (Image: Special Arrangement)

The disaster spot is some 350 km from the state capital. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur expressed grief over the incident and pledged to provide all assistance to the Army to ensure relief and rehabilitation work. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 The disaster spot has been witnessing heavy snowfall for the past few days. Himachal Pradesh is likely to receive moderate to heavy rain and snowfall in the next two days, a weather official in Shimla said. (Image: Special Arrangement)

The disaster spot has been witnessing heavy snowfall for the past few days. Himachal Pradesh is likely to receive moderate to heavy rain and snowfall in the next two days, a weather official in Shimla said. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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