Avalanche buries Pakistani soldiers

At least 100 Pakistani soldiers were buried alive in a remote area in the Himalayas when an avalanche crushed their camp, the military said on Saturday.

The incident took place in Siachen area, in the north of Pakistan. Army spokesman Major General Athar Abbas told AFP that rescue work was ongoing.

“More than 100 soldiers of NLI (Northern Light Infantry) including a colonel were trapped when the avalanche hit a military camp,” Abbas said.

“The rescue mission is continuing and rescuers are trying to rescue the soldiers.”

The avalanche struck overnight, local media said.

Communities isolated
State-run Pakistan television said it was in Giyari area of Siachen, where the Pakistan army has a base.

Avalanches and landslides frequently block roads and leave communities isolated in the mountains of Pakistan, neighbouring Afghanistan and in Kashmir, the Himalayan territory divided between rivals India and Pakistan.

The Kashmir region — of which Siachen is a part — is divided between Pakistan and India and is claimed by both in full.

Kashmir has caused two of the three wars between the neighbours since their independence in 1947 from Britain.

Both Pakistan and India have deployed thousands of soldiers in the disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmir but harsh weather in Siachen is said to have claimed many more lives than actual fighting.

Siachen is close to four of the world’s 14 peaks over 8 000 metres — K2, Broad Peak, Gasherbrum I and Gasherbrum II — all of which are on the Pakistani side of the frontline. — Sapa-AFP

Staff Reporter
Guest Author

Mkhwebane moves to halt ‘grossly unfair’ impeachment process

Mkhwebane moves to halt ‘grossly unfair’ impeachment process

Chaos theory: How Jürgen Klopp has harnessed the unpredictable

The Liverpool manager has his side playing unstoppable football but it’s the attention to detail off the field that has bred the success

Miners speak out against Sibanye

Not a year into buying Lonmin, Sibanye is accused of mistreating the mineworkers who were injured eight years ago during the Marikana massacre. But the platinum giant says it is a miscommunication. Athandiwe Saba and Paul Botes visit Marikana to find out the truth

Press Releases

Wellcome Trust award goes to UKZN mental health champion

Dr Andr? J van Rensburg, a senior researcher in UKZN's Centre for Rural Health, received the Wellcome Trust Discretionary Award.

MTN gears up to deliver improved customer service

On 28 January, the first batch of MTN contract customers will be migrated onto the new customer service platform.

Request for expression of interest on analysis of quality and outcome indicators for regional and district hospitals in Lesotho

Introduction The Ministry of Health of Lesotho with the support of the World Bank funded Nutrition and Health Systems Strengthening...

MiX Telematics enhances in-vehicle video camera solution

The company has launched the gold MiX Vision Bureau Service, which includes driver-coaching tools to ensure risky driver behaviour can be addressed proactively and efficiently.

Boosting safety for cargo and drivers

The use of a telematics system for fleet vehicles has proved to be an important tool in helping to drive down costs and improve efficiency, says MiX Telematics Africa.

Silencing the guns and firearms amnesty

Silencing the guns and firearms amnesty

Gender-based violence is an affront to our humanity

Gender-based violence is an affront to our humanity

UK-Africa investment summit 2020: Think Africa Invest SA

UK-Africa investment summit 2020: Think Africa Invest SA