SRINAGAR, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) -- The five Indian troopers, who were rescued alive last week from snow near the Line of Control (LoC), dividing Kashmir, died in hospital on Monday, officials said.
The troopers were trapped after a snowbound track they were walking on caved in at Machil sector of frontier Kupwara district, about 165 km northwest of Srinagar city, summer capital of Indian-controlled Kashmir.
"The five army soldiers who had been trapped under snow and subsequently rescued after a gruelling daylong mission have succumbed to their injuries," an Indian army official said.
Following their rescue from the snow on Saturday, the troopers were admitted at a local medical facility.
According to Indian army spokesman the troopers were airlifted to base hospital in Srinagar for specialized treatment on Monday.
"The troopers were evacuated to Srinagar despite persistent poor weather conditions for specialized medical care, unfortunately all the brave hearts succumbed to their injuries today," the spokesman said.
The troopers were part of a routine patrol in the area.
Monday's deaths have put the death toll of troopers in the recent snow fury to 20.
Last week 15 troopers were killed after avalanches hit them at three different places in Gurez and Sonamarg. It took two days for army rescue teams to retrieve bodies from the snow mounds in Gurez.
Officials said bodies of 14 troopers which could not be airlifted from Gurez due to inclement weather were brought to Srinagar in military helicopters on Monday.
"The mortal remains of the brave soldiers will be taken to their native places tomorrow for last rites," the spokesman said.
The snow also claimed several civilian lives including four members of a family.
Last year, 10 Indian troopers were buried under an avalanche on Siachen Glacier near LoC in the region. It took several days for the military to retrieve their bodies.
LoC is a de facto border that divides Kashmir into India and Pakistan controlled parts.
Meanwhile, authorities have issued fresh avalanche warnings in the region and cautioned people living in avalanche prone areas to avoid venturing out.
Kashmir has a rugged terrain. Landslides and avalanches are often triggered from its mountains during frequent rains and heavy snowfall, the region receives.