Avalanche traps 100 soldiers, 30 killed

The military made an announcement on Saturday saying that an avalanche fell on the military base of Pakistan around the border of India. The army camp was settled in the base of Himalayan glacier. The incident has trapped about a hundred soldiers inside the camp whereas 30 have been declared dead so far.

The spokesman of the Army Major-General Athar Abbas made the announcement and declared that the unfortunate incident happened in the Siachen area, north of Pakistan. He said, “More than 100 soldiers of NLI [Northern Light Infantry] including a colonel were trapped when the avalanche hit a military camp. The rescue mission is continuing and rescuers are trying to rescue the soldiers.”

The time avalanche hit the camp is stated to be sometime during the night. Media was also informed that the search and rescue teams are operating in the region.

The divided Himalayan range of mountain between Pakistan and India often halts communication and affects infrastructure within the small communities because of avalanches and landsliding. The Himalayan mountain region which falls in the jurisdictions of Kashmir is claimed by India and Pakistan both. Therefore, both the countries have heavy army bases in order to claim their authority over the region.

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