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Pak troops dig for 135 missing in avalanche

Heavy machinery was airlifted from the garrison city of Rawalpindi for the rescue effort

Written by Press Trust Of India | Islamabad |
April 9, 2012 1:31:22 am

Racing against time,Pakistani troops,aided by sniffer dogs and mechanical equipment,on Sunday frantically searched for 135 people,mostly soldiers,buried under dozens of feet of snow after a massive avalanche slammed into a key army camp in the Siachen sector near Indian border.

Rescuers resumed the desperate search after suspending the operation late Saturday night because of darkness and poor weather,though there were no signs of survivors a day after avalanche hit the camp.

Military officials told the media that there was no information of survivors as army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani flew to Skardu to personally review the rescue operation.

Heavy machinery was airlifted from the garrison city of Rawalpindi for the rescue effort,officials said.

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The avalanche hit a battalion headquarters at Gyari in Siachen sector,burying 124 security personnel and 11 civilians under up to 80 feet of snow in an area a kilometre wide.

The incident occurred close to the border with India at a height of 16,000 feet in the eastern Karakoram mountain range. The army had Saturday rushed additional troops to look for survivors. Meteorologist Mohammed Hanif said that cloudy conditions and snow fall forecast for later this week would make it difficult for rescue operations to continue.

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First published on: 09-04-2012 at 01:31:22 am
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