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10 missing soldiers at Siachen declared dead; PM, Defence Minister express condolences
Ten army soldiers, including a junior commissioned officer were trapped in ice after an avalanche at the Siachen glacier yesterday. The Army soldiers who were swept away by the massive avalanche at the altitude of 19,600 feet have been declared dead today.

The Army today ruled out any possibility of missing soldiers being alive, although search operations are on to extract the dead bodies from the snow.

The defence ministry's spokesperson in Jammu, Colonel SD Goswami, said in a statement that, "It is a tragic event and we salute the soldiers who braved all challenges to guard our frontiers and made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty....The glacier gets 35 feet of snow every season temperatures plumes to 60°C. Rescue teams are braving adverse weather and effects of rarified atmosphere to locate and rescue survivors. However, it is with the deepest of regret that we have to state that chances of finding any survivors are now very remote," as reported by Firstpost.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the death of the soldiers. In a tweet he called it a tragic incident:

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar also expressed his condolences.

Siachen, the world's highest battlefield has claimed an estimated 2, 700 lives on both sides of the glacier, not because they were fighting with each other, but because of the extreme conditions like avalanches, exposure and altitude sickness caused by thin, oxygen-depleted air.

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