Two army choppers were pressed into service to search for the missing jawan but due to inclement weather and accumulation of heavy snow on the avalanche spot the search operation could not be properly conducted, Pithoragarh  District Magistrate Sushil Kumar said.

A contingent of eight jawans of the Kumaon Scouts of the Indian army were deployed at Siyalekh border checkpost out of  which two were killed in the avalanche, one went missing and and the remaining five were rescued, he said.

A pedestrian team of the Indian Army has now been dispatched to the spot to search for the missing jawan which is likely to return late this evening, he said, adding, bodies of the two deceased jawans have been recovered, Kumar said.

The district administration is cooperating fully with the army personnel in the search and rescue operations. Heavy rains and snowfall lashed parts of Uttarakhand incessantly on Sunday and Monday triggering a snow avalanche at the Siyalekh checkpost on Monday night which killed jawans of the Kumaon Scouts and left another missing.

Chief Minister Harish Rawat has expressed grief at the demise of the army jawans in the snow avalanche and instructed the district administration to cooperate fully with the army in the search operations being carried out for one missing jawan.

In a separate incident at Kapkot in Bageshwar district last night, a man was killed when his house collapsed over him under the impact of heavy showers.

Additional Director General of Police Anil Raturi said strict vigil is being maintained throughout the state due to heavy rains and snowfall in the hills.

However, there was a let-up in rain on Tuesday at some places including Dehradun. But with the weather clearing up in the capital, it registered a drop of nearly four degrees in temperature, MeT office Director Anand Sharma said. He predicted light to moderate isolated rains at a few places in the state today but said the weather will improve at most places from Wednesday morning.

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