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Faster rotation, 24-hour medical support — how Army’s beating the elements in Ladakh winter

By The Print

Faster rotation of troops, along with round-the-clock medical support and standard operating procedures backed by years of experience of high altitude deployment — this is what’s ensuring that Indian soldiers remain fighting fit amid the cold winter in eastern Ladakh.

Sources in the defence and security establishment told ThePrint said that mild-to-moderate snowfall has taken place in the Depsang Plains and the heights above Pangong Tso. The temperatures have been far below zero degrees Celsius for a while, and are expected to go down further this month, with the Pangong lake expected to freeze over by January.

“The problem in eastern Ladakh is not the snowfall or the drop in temperature. It is the wind chill or blizzard. The wind blows at a very high speed,” a source said.

With temperatures falling, non-fatal casualties have also risen for both India and China, sources said, but added that the numbers for the Indian soldiers are well within expected limits and not alarming at all.

Experience in harsh conditions
The Army has already set up heated housing facilities for the troops, while also ensuring that specialised clothing procured from the US is available to all soldiers.

Besides this, the Army has also set up Arctic tents for soldiers deployed in forward locations.

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