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GANGTOK | May 15, 2020:
A Lieutenant Colonel and a soldier of the Indian Army died in an avalanche in the mountainous Lugnak La region of North Sikkim on Thursday.
The two personnel were part of an 18-member group that came under the avalanche.
"A patrolling-cum-snow clearance party came under an avalanche in North Sikkim on May 14," a senior Army official said.
He added, in spite of the best efforts of the rescue team and local formation an officer Lt Col Robert TA and sapper Sapala Shanmukha Rao who were trapped under the ice lost their lives.
It is to be mentioned that an avalanche hit a group of Army soldiers in north Sikkim at around 10:30-11:00 am yesterday.