Avalanche in Indian Himalayas kills one, leaves five missing

NEW DELHI (AP) — Indian rescuers have found the body of a soldier and are searching for five other soldiers after an avalanche struck a Himalayan border post in the country’s north, police said yesterday.

Another five paramilitary soldiers were rescued from the area in Himachal Pradesh state bordering China, police officer Sakshi Verma said.

The soldiers had gone to the 4,500-metre-high Shipki La border post to repair a faulty water supply line when the avalanche struck on Wednesday, burying six of them, the Press Trust of India news agency said.

Avalanches and landslides are common in the region and have killed at least 21 people in January and February this year. In 2017, at least 20 Indian soldiers were killed in three avalanches in the region.