Indian soldier buried by avalanche in Himalayas found alive

SRINAGAR, India - An Indian soldier buried by an avalanche for six days in the Himalayan region of Kashmir has been pulled alive from the snow, but the bodies of nine other soldiers were recovered, officials said Tuesday.

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The enormous avalanche slammed into an Indian army post last Wednesday and trapped the 10 soldiers on the northern end of Siachen Glacier, the highest point along the heavily militarized line of control between India and Pakistan. After searching for a day, the army said last Thursday that the chance of finding survivors was "very remote."

However, soldier Hanamanthappa Koppad was found alive and was rescued Monday night from under at least 7 metres of snow, Indian military commander Lt. Gen. D.S. Hooda said. He was unconscious and in critical condition at the army's hospital in New Delhi.

"We hope the miracle continues," Hooda said. "Surprisingly, his oxygen levels seemed OK, and his heartbeat was there."

Avalanches and landslides are common in Kashmir, a disputed territory claimed by both India and Pakistan, making the ongoing military patrols at the 5,800-metre-altitude glacier particularly dangerous. More Indian and Pakistani troops have died from the grueling conditions than from hostile fire.

Last month, four Indian soldiers were killed by an avalanche while on foot patrol in the same region. In 2012, an avalanche on the Pakistan-controlled part of the glacier killed 140 people, including 129 soldiers.

Hooda described last week's avalanche as "massive," adding that "an entire mountain of rock-solid snow" measuring about 1 square kilometre "fell on the post and buried it."

The rescue and recovery operation was also difficult "under extremely hostile weather conditions," he said.

Discussions between India and Pakistan on demilitarizing the Siachen Glacier have so far been unsuccessful.



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