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GOVERNMENT OF INDIA
MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
LOK SABHA
UNSTARRED QUESTION NO: 684
ANSWERED ON:  16.09.2020
Casualties of soldiers
Gowdar Mallikarjunappa Siddeshwara
Will the Minister of



DEFENCE be pleased to state:-


(a) whether it is a fact that there have been some casualties of soldiers serving at high altitudes;

(b) if so, the details thereof during the last three years and the reasons therefor; and

(c) the action taken by the Government to prevent such casualties and provide congenial atmosphere to the soldiers working at high altitudes like Siachen?


ANSWER
MINISTER OF STATE (SHRI SHRIPAD NAIK)
IN THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE


(a) & (b): Yes, Sir. The details for the last three years are as under:
Year Fatal casualties
2017 06
2018 08
2019 08

Causes of death in Siachen Glacier and other Super High Altitude Areas range from those directly related to High Altitude like High Altitude Pulmonary Oedama (HAPO) and Pulmonary Thrombo Embolism (PTE) to other general causes.

(c) Indian Army is deployed in highly treacherous terrain along the borders in J&K, where there is constant threat of crevasses, avalanches and other weather related calamities to the troops. Govt undertakes several steps to prevent casualties like pre-induction medical examination, requisite medical cover at all medical echelons which are well equipped to deal with any high altitude illness, stringent acclimatization schedule, provision of specialized training, special living shelters including provision of kerosene oil, provision of specialized clothing and high quality rations. Steps are also undertaken to utilize modern technological equipments for rescue missions, prevention of accidents and ensuring rapid and timely evacuation of casualty, apart from issuing of regular advisories.
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