Islamabad, April 7: At least 100 Pakistani troops have been buried by an avalanche on the Siachin glacier, located in Gilgit – Baltistan region of Pakistan.
Pakistan army spokesman Major General Athar Abbas said the avalanche had hit a military camp and a rescue operation was underway. The incident happened near the Siachen glacier in the eastern Karakoram branch of the Himalaya mountains. Thousands of troops are deployed in the remote area, which is claimed by both Pakistan and India.
Some reports suggest as many as 130 soldiers had been engulfed by the avalanche, which struck the base in the Gayari district at about 06:00 local time. The soldiers are believed to be from the NLI regiment, comprising mostly of soldiers from the Gilgit – Baltistan and Chitral region.
The military says its “priority is to save lives”, and helicopters, sniffer dogs and troops have been sent to the area to help with the rescue. Weather conditions in the area are said to be good.
The Siachen glacier is known as the world’s highest battlefield, and soldiers have been deployed at elevations of up to 6,700m (22,000 feet).