Itanagar: All seven Indian Army soldiers who were trapped in an avalanche in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang district were found dead on Tuesday afternoon, local sources said.

The Indian Army along with the local police has managed to recover all seven bodies even as bad weather hampered search efforts at 14,500 feet. The bodies have been transferred to the nearest army hospital for formalities and the search operation has concluded.

Sources said the avalanche hit the army personnel on Sunday while they were on a regular patrol at the Chume Gyater area near Yangtse in the Tawang sector. All the seven soldiers belonged to the 19 Jammu & Kashmir Rifles, an infantry regiment of the Indian Army.

The Indian Army in a statement said that bodies of all seven individuals have been recovered from the avalanche site and are currently being transferred to the nearest Army medical facility for further formalities.

Search and rescue operations have now been concluded. Bodies of all seven individuals have been recovered from the avalanche site. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of everyone involved, all seven have been confirmed deceased. The area, located at an altitude of 14500 feet, had been witnessing inclement weather with heavy snowfall since the last few days, the statement read. 

Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu expressed his condolences to the bereaved families of the jawans.

“Deeply saddened by the loss of lives of 7 brave Indian Army Jawans, who were trapped in an avalanche in Arunachal Pradesh. My deepest condolences to the bereaved families on their tragic loss. May God give them enough strength to bear the irreparable loss. #OmShanti,” the chief minister said in a tweet.

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