LEH, LADAKH: Five people are reported dead while another five are missing following an avalanche attacked two trucks carrying ten civilians at Khardung La pass in Ladakh this morning. The incident took place at one of the world’s highest motorable roads on the mountain pass. The rescue operations are in the process, say reports.
Rescue team involves officials from the district administration, police and the State Disaster Relief Force, and they are carrying the rescue operations at the site, which is 40 km from Leh town, the reports added.
“The two trucks, carrying ten civilians, came under an avalanche at Khardungla pass, which is one of the highest motorable roads in the world at 17,500 feet, at 7.00 am,” a defense spokesman said.
The spokesman told the reporters that the stroke produced by the avalanche was so massive that it buried the trucks 20 feet deep under debris, nearly 800 meters from Khardungla Top towards South Pullu.
The Army detachment at Khardungla Top was alerted following the incident, and the resources of the Fire and Fury Corps were activated, the spokesman added.
“Army teams deployed near the incident site swiftly moved in and commenced search and rescue operations. Troops deployed at South Pullu and North Pullu were also moved to the site. Simultaneously, the Army Aviation helicopters were pressed into service to move the highly trained avalanche rescue teams of the Army — Avalanche Panthers Teams — from Siachen Base Camp and North Pullu,” the spokesman told reporters.
A similar incident took place previous year in January in which a Swedish skier was killed in an avalanche. The officials following the incident reported that two Swedish skiers were trapped under an avalanche in Affarwat peaks in Gulmarg.
Khardung La is located north of Leh and is the gateway to the Shyok and Nubra valleys.