Former military commander exposes Indian armys dilemma in Ladakh: poor conditions, lack of water and food

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 Former military commander exposes Indian armys dilemma in Ladakh: poor conditions, lack of water and food


According to reports, Lakesh Sharma, former commander of the 14th army, said in an interview with reporters that although the Indian army had conducted patrols in Ladakh area before, no one has lived there for a long time since 1962. However, nearly 50000 soldiers have been deployed here. He said roads in this area will be affected by winter avalanches, so remote areas must complete storage of winter equipment as soon as possible. Moreover, the rivers in this area are frozen in winter, which leads to the lack of drinking water in this area. In addition to rations, getting drinking water for the front-line forces, the fuel they need to cook, and how to keep them warm will be the challenges in the coming months, Lieutenant General Sharma said

The local Indian army has poor medical conditions

According to reports, the low temperature and thin air in these high altitude areas where Indian troops are stationed will bring about diseases such as frostbite and cold, as well as serious problems such as pulmonary edema and brain edema, hypothermia, frostbite and frostbite, which will cause great non combat casualties. Usually, each regiment of the Indian army is equipped with a medical unit. However, due to its high altitude and the majority of its personnel are scattered in many front-line posts, the medical staff is seriously insufficient. Now the Indian army can only train ordinary soldiers in each post to become temporary battlefield health personnel.

Materials needed for winter are still being purchased

According to Indian media reports, India is currently purchasing cotton clothes that can be used on the plateau of 3000 meters above sea level, while special clothing suitable for higher altitude areas is still being purchased. Due to the large quantity required and limited time, it will be purchased from multiple channels, the source said He added that according to the latest estimates, the Indian armys previous plan to purchase 15000 cotton clothes could no longer meet the needs of the front line. Another source said that only about 2000 sets of previously prepared winter clothes have been distributed to the front line.

In addition to cotton padded clothes, Indian media reported in July that winter supplies for 30000 soldiers, equivalent to 35000 tons of rations and kerosene, have been supplied. However, according to the source, India still buys special clothes, tents and other equipment from Austria, Italy, Scandinavian countries, Australia and Sri Lanka The source said that the emergency procurement is in progress, this emergency procurement will adopt direct spot purchase (not ordering, but direct purchase of ready-made products) to purchase urgently needed goods at commercial prices on the global open market. Sources said the move was either due to limited supply or limited time. The huge procurement plan may take about a month, which increases the possibility of non combat attrition of Indian forces in the region.