"It was a miraculous rescue, all efforts are being made to evacuate Lance Naik Hanaman Thappa to the RR hospital in the morning," Lt Gen D S Hooda, Northern Army Commander, told reporters.

He said, "Five bodies have been recovered so far and four bodies have been identified. All other soldiers are regrettably no more with us."

He hoped that another miracle continues with Thappa, who hails form Karnataka. A Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) and nine other ranks of Madras Regiment were buried after their post was hit by the avalanche at the altitude of 19,600 feet close to the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan where the temperature was minus 45 degrees Celsius.

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