skooter reporting 04/08/12
Major General, Pakistan army spokesman said that more than 100 troops have been buried alive by an avalanche in the troubled Kashmir region. Major General Abbas told the BBC some bodies had been recovered but could not give details how many had survived.
A military camp near the Siachen glacier in the Karakoram branch of the Himalaya mountains was struck by an avalanche and a rescue operation is underway. At about 6:00 local time the avalanche hit the base in the Gayari district. The troops belonged to the Northern Light Infantry regiment, trained in mountain operations and avalanche rescue. Helicopters, sniffer dogs and troops have been sent to the area to help with the rescue operations.
Major General Abbas said it could take several days to complete the rescue operation because the military camp had been hit by very massive avalanche and in extraordinary in scale for such a location.
The latest count as of todate is 135 people feared dead. Pakistan military told BBC there are now 124 soldiers and 11 civilians were missing after 21m (70ft) of snow engulfed a military camp. It is feared the death toll will still rise.
India and Pakistan both claim the area and have deployed thousands of troops.