Shailesh Kumar is an independent journalist with over 17 years of experience in crime, political and defence reporting for leading media brands including Star News, India TV and NewsX. He is the founder editor of defence and security news portal, National Defence.
Udhampur, 20 March 2016
A natural avalanche triggered by a mild earthquake hit an Army Post located at an altitude of 17500 feet in Kargil Sector of Jammu and Kashmir at about 2245 hours on 17 March 2016. Two soldiers who were on surveillance duty were washed away in the avalanche.
Immediate rescue operations were launched in which one soldier could be rescued; while the second soldier is still missing. The rescued soldier is medically stable and is recovering. Rescue operations to rescue the missing soldier are currently on in spite of the adverse weather conditions.