An Indian Army officer and a sapper died in north Sikkim after a patrol/ snow-clearing party they were part of was caught in an avalanche.
“A patrolling-cum-snow clearance party came under avalanche in North Sikkim on 14 May,” the Army said in a statement late Thursday night. “Inspite of the best efforts of the rescue team and local formation an officer, Lieutenant Colonel Robert T A, and Sapper/ OPEM Sapala Shanmukha Rao, who were trapped under ice, lost their lives.”
The Army stated that others who were part of the team, comprising 17 or 18 members, are safe.
More than 70 soldiers have lost their lives to avalanches since 2016, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had told Parliament in December 2019.