130 Pakistani soldiers die in Siachen avalanche

Siachen Glacier satellite image

Islamabad: Over 130 Pakistani soldiers are feared buried in an avalanche that occurred in the Siachen Glacier in the Himalayas where thousands of Pakistani and Indian troops are based, a media report said.

According to local media reports, the incident took place at around 6 a.m. Saturday when an avalanche hit an army camp in Siachen Glacier, the world’s second longest glacier in the non-polar areas, Xinhua reported.

The Siachen Glacier is located in the eastern Karakoram range in the Himalaya mountains, east of the Line of Control between India and Pakistan.

According to state-run PTV, the buried include a battalion commander.

Pakistani army started rescue work after the avalanche was reported. Army helicopters have been dispatched to the site.

IANS

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