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11 Civilian Contractors Missing in Pakistan Avalanche

Pakistani troops dig for 135 missing in huge avalanche   April 8, 2012

ISLAMABAD – Pakistani soldiers dug into a massive avalanche in a mountain battleground close to the Indian border Saturday, searching for at least 135 people buried when the wall of snow engulfed a military complex.

More than 12 hours after the disaster at the entrance to the Siachen Glacier, no survivors had been found.

“We are waiting for news and keeping our fingers crossed,” said army spokes-man Maj. Gen. Athar Abbas.

Hundreds of troops and sniffer dogs were at the scene but were struggling to make headway into the avalanche, which crashed down onto the rear headquarters building in the Gayari sector early in the morning, burying it under 70 feet of snow, Abbas said.

“It’s on a massive scale,” he added. “Everything is completely covered.”

The military said that at least 124 soldiers and 11 civilian contractors were missing.

Siachen is on the northern tip of the divided Kashmir region claimed by India and Pakistan.

The accident highlighted the risks of deploying troops to one of the most inhospitable places on Earth.

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April 8, 2012 - Posted by | Civilian Contractors, Contractor Casualties, Pakistan, Safety and Security Issues | , ,

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