Five Army Soldiers Killed in Ladakh Flash Floods During Intense Tank Exercise

LADAKH: Tragedy struck early Saturday in eastern Ladakh as five army soldiers were swept away in flash floods, as reported by defence officials. The incident occurred near Mandir Morh close to the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China, where a T-72 tank operated by a crew comprising a junior commissioned officer (JCO) and four other ranks encountered a sudden surge in water levels around 1 am.

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Authorities managed to recover the bodies of all five soldiers. Expressing his condolences, Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh conveyed deep sorrow over the incident.

Defence Minister Rajanath Singh on Five soldiers killed during intense tank training near a river in Ladakh.

He said Deeply saddened at the loss of lives of five of our brave Indian Army soldiers in an unfortunate accident while maneuvering the tank across a river in Ladakh,” he shared on social media platform X.com (formerly Twitter). “We will never forget the exemplary service of our gallant soldiers to the nation. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families. The nation stands firm with them during this hour of grief.”

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The tragic incident recalled a similar catastrophe from last year when a truck carrying army personnel plunged into a 60-foot gorge, claiming the lives of at least eight soldiers and a junior commissioned officer.