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2 jawans killed in U’khand as avalanche hits check-post

Two Army jawans were killed and another went missing when a snow avalanche triggered by incessant rains and heavy snowfall in the higher reaches of Uttarakhand over the past two days hit Siyalekh checkpost on India-China border in Pithoragarh district.

Two Army choppers were pressed into service to search for the missing jawan but due to inclement weather and accumulation of heavy snow on the avalanche spot the search operation could not be properly conducted, Pithoragarh (Uttarakhand) District Magistrate Sushil Kumar said.

A contingent of eight jawans of the Kumaon Scouts of the Indian army were deployed at Siyalekh border checkpost out of which two were killed in the avalanche, one went missing and the remaining five were rescued, he said. A team of the Indian Army has been dispatched to the spot to search for the missing jawan which is likely to return late this evening, he said, adding, bodies of the two deceased jawans have been recovered, Kumar said.
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