ISLAMABAD, Pakistan (Sat, Apr 07) – More than 100 Pakistan troopss were buried under snow after an avalanche hit at an army camp in the Siachen sector early this morning, military officials said.
|Gayari, Siachen: Pakistani military camp buried under avalanche, 135 soldiers missing|
Few media reports suggested that 135 soldiers, including a colonel, had been hit by the avalanche.
Search and rescue teams with the help of sniffer dogs and aided by helicopters, are vigorously trying to find signs of survivors in the snow after the avalanche swallowed up the camp in Gayari, Siachen, in Pakistan’s north, close to the sensitive border with India.
A military source told AFP that a team of doctors and paramedics has also been rushed to the area, which suffers severe weather conditions.
"At six o'clock this morning (local time), the avalanche has hit a barracks. More than 100 military personnel are buried, "said a spokesman for the army, Gen. Athar Abbas. He said rescue teams had been rushed to the scene.
According to estimates; around 20,000 Indian and Pakistani military have been based since 1984 at Siachen glacier in the Karakoram Mountains.