The search operations to locate and rescue the two remaining Indian Army personnel have entered the 21st day.

Six Army jawans, belonging to 7 JK Rifles, were buried alive in snow after an avalanche hit them in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh on February 20.

Till date, bodies of four jawans have been retrieved by the rescue and search teams.

One of the trapped soldiers, Rakesh Kumar (41), was pulled out the same day but he could not be saved and his body was airlifted to his native place Ghumarpur village in Bilaspur district.

On the sixth day of the operation, officials had said that the chances of the survival of those trapped in the snow were slim. They had further informed that a lot of snow had accumulated at the avalanche site, which is 350 km from the state capital.

The body of another jawan, Rajesh Rishi (25), was recovered on the morning of March 2 by the rescue and search team. Rishi belonged to Nalagarh in Solan district.

The avalanche was triggered with the slide of a glacier near Shipkila.

Two separate parties of the Army and ITBP were patrolling Namgia Dogri when the avalanche hit them. According to reports, the teams were repairing a water pipeline when the calamity occurred.