Srinagar | Jagran News Desk: As many as three soldiers were killed after an avalanche hit an army post at Jammu and Kashmir's Machil sector in Kupwara district on Monday, defence sources -- quoted by news agency ANI -- said.

The sources further said that the one soldier is missing while one soldier is in hospital with injuries. They said that the Army had launched rescue operations and traced four of the soldiers. While three of them were declared dead, another was injured and is being treated at a local military facility

"Due to heavy snowfall in the last 48 hours, there have been multiple avalanches in the North Kashmir areas after which a number of soldiers have been rescued. Three soldiers have lost their lives while one is still missing," ANI quoted defence sources as saying.

In another incident of avalanche at Kashmir's Sonmarg in Ganderbal district, five civillians were killed. Officials have said that they have rescued four people in an rescue operation conducted overnight.

Due to heavy snowfall in the last 48 hours, there have been multiple avalanches in several areas in north Kashmir after which a number of soldiers were rescued.

In November last year, four Army soldiers and two porters were killed after after they were trapped in an avalanche on the Siachen Glacier's northern sector. The Army said that the soldiers, who were a part of a patrolling group of eight, died due to extreme hypothermia.

"Seven individuals who were critically injured, accompanied by medical teams, providing critical care were evacuated by helicopters to the nearest Military Hospital, where all lifesaving resuscitative measures were instituted," the Indian Army had said in an official statement.

"Despite best efforts, six casualties, which include four soldiers and two civilian porters succumbed to extreme hypothermia," it had added.

Siachen Glacier is the world's highest battlefield and more troops have been killed in weather and terrain-related incidents in the area than in enemy firing. Avalanches and landslides are very common in Siachen, especially during the winters when temperatures can drop to as low as minus 60 degrees Celsius.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma