Presence of poisonous gas hampers Glacier rescue operation

Presence of poisonous gas hampers Glacier rescue operation

Islamabad : Pakistan | Apr 17, 2012 at 7:06 AM PDT
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More than 100 Pakistani soldiers trapped in avalanche

ISLAMABAD, April 16: The rescue teams facing daunting task at Gayari sector in Siachen, at an altitude of around 4,000 metres (13,000 feet), in reaching to avalanche covered compound, housing 138 Pakistani army personnel who have been trapped for the last eleven days, are facing unexpected hurdle in face of presence of toxic gases in the dug up tunnel.

The tunnel size on Tuesday was widened a bit more but the expansion work was halted after presence of toxic gases in it, however, the concentration of rescue teams on other sites identified by experts, is being accelerated with full pace.

A report complied by Swiss and German teams have identified sites and endorsed the earlier efforts made by Pakistan Army. Teams from Norway and US are lending a helping hand in the ongoing rescue operations.

The Inter Service Public Relations, Pak Army media wing, says in its statement that Swiss and German team after completing their assigned task of assisting search and rescue mission have returned back to their respective homelands.

The slight rise in temperature also caused alarms with chances of snow slides, however, precautions measures are being adopted to ward off any prospect of calamity in snow peaked mountains.

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Soldiers march in Siachen Glacier during search and rescue operations
Soldiers march in Siachen Glacier during search and rescue operations
Erfan khan is based in Islamabad, Federal Capital Area, Pakistan, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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