The Indian security forces are looking at specialised waterproof clothing for troops deployed along the LAC as water-level rises in the Galwan river.
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With the rise in water levels in Galwan river and amid simmering tensions along the LAC, India is now looking at specialised waterproof clothing for deployed personnel.
“The water flow in the Galwan river has increased in the last few days. It is being felt that to remain deployed alongside the river with freezing water, troops need specialised waterproof clothing,” a senior government source told India Today.
The Chinese side, which is presently camping along Galwan Valley, is already equipped to deal with harsh conditions. The source said the combat dress of the Chinese troops allows them to step into the water, if required.
The Chinese troops are deployed along the river in larger number in their depth areas as well as near Patrolling Point 14 where they had first came in large numbers on May 4-5, the source added.
The specialised combat dress of the Chinese soldiers could have also helped them avoid hypothermia-related casualties after the bloody June-15 violent face-off.
The Galwan river originates from Aksai Chin on the Chinese side of the LAC. It passes through the LAC and merges with the Shyok river near Indian PP-14.