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[Representational Image] Around 1430 pilgrims in 25 batches are expected to go on the Kailash-Mansarovar pilgrimage this year.Reuters

Search operation for a soldier who went missing after an avalanche hit an Indian Army post in Jammu & Kashmir's Kargil district Thursday has reportedly been intensified Sunday. The condition of the other jawan who was rescued earlier is stable and recovering. 

The rescue teams are conducting search operations despite bad weather conditions in the region, Asian News International reported. 

The avalanche had occurred due to a mild earthquake. It hit the army post at an altitude of 17,500 feet Thursday night, sweeping away the two soldiers. 

Immediate rescue teams were able to save one of the two soldiers, but the other could not be traced. The soldiers were on a surveillance duty when they were hit by the avalanche. 

At least 10 army personnel, including nine soldiers and one junior commissioned officer, were killed after an avalanche hit their camp in the northern part of the Siachen Glacier Feb. 3. All the nine bodies were found after days of intensive search operations.

Soldier Lance Naik Hanamanthappa, whose body was buried 25 feet under the snow, was rescued alive six days after the avalanche. However, he died while undergoing treatment at the Army's Research and Referral Hospital in New Delhi.

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