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SRINAGAR: The Khardungla Rescue Operations re-commenced at first light today to search for the missing five civilians who were buried under an avalanche on 18 January near Khardungla Top. Rescue teams from the Fire & Fury Corps, mustered from the Base Camp and from Shyok Axis of the Siachen Brigade consisting of Avalanche Panther Teams alongwith avalanche rescue dogs and deep search radars were employed for the search.

Inspite of the inclement weather conditions and snowfall in the area, troops of the Fire and Fury Corps have braved the extreme harsh terrain and severe subzero temperatures and have been carrying out this daunting task tirelessly with unflinching dedication and devotion, a defence spokesman said Valley Media Service in a statement. A command and control center established at Khardungla Top under the aegis of the Fire & Fury Corps has been continuously coordinating the rescue operations round the clock.

GOC Fire and Fury Corps alongwith Commander Siachen Brigade carried out an aerial assessment of the incident site and issued further necessary directions for the smooth conduct of the rescue operations. The search and rescue teams were able to extricate the bodies of two more civilians today, thus bringing the total number of bodies recovered so far to seven.

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