GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
Ministry of Defence
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO. 2212
TO BE ANSWERED ON 25.4.2012
Damage to Loc Due to Avalanche in Kashmir
2212. SHRI RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR:
Will the Minister of DEFENCE be pleased to state:
(a) whether it is a fact that the Line of Control (LOC) in the Kashmir Valley has recently been damaged due to an avalanche;
(b) if so, the details thereof; and
(c) What action has Government taken or proposes to take in the matter?
MINISTER OF DEFENCE
(a) Yes, Sir.
(b) & (c): An avalanche struck the Army camp at Sonamarg and Dawar on the 22nd February 2012 at 1645 hours and 2215 hours respectively. One Officer, One Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) and Six Other Ranks (OR) buried at Sonamarg besides massive destruction including disruption of the communication network. At Dawar Garrison in the Gurez Sector, four JCOs and 25 OR were trapped. Launch of immediate rescue operations resulted in one officer and 4 OR being saved in Sonamarg and 13 personnel were saved in Dawar. Detailed SOPs concerning avalanches exist in all formations. The Army has trained troops besides specialized equipment to minimize the casualty threat due to avalanches/bad weather.