Pak Army finds equipment used by soldiers buried by avalanche

Over 139 people were buried by an avalanche that had hit a high-altitude Army camp in the Siachen sector over a month ago.

Islamabad: The Pakistan Army on Tuesday said it had found some of the equipment used by 139 people buried by an avalanche that hit a high-altitude Army camp in the Siachen sector over a month ago.

Clearance efforts were continuing round the clock at the camp in Gyari area and during physical inspection of the area, some equipment was found?, said a statement issued by the military`s media arm.

Search teams are yet to find any trace of the people, including over 120 soldiers, who were buried under dozens of feet of snow at the camp in Gyari on April 7.

"Simultaneous efforts are being undertaken to tackle effects of water on the site in the shape of pondages, cutting and crevasses. The water has started draining and has resulted in quick reduction of water level in the lake to the tune of 27 feet," the military statement said, referring to a lake that had formed at the site of the avalanche.

"Excavation work has resumed its full pace despite difficulties posed by seepage of the water at the site, hazards of crevasses, cutting by water and sinking effects for plant equipment," the statement added.

The avalanche has raised questions in Pakistan about the troop deployment in the hazardous terrain.

Indian and Pakistani troops have been engaged in a standoff on Siachen, described as the world`s highest and coldest battlefield, since 1984.

The guns have largely been silent since late 2003, when the two countries put in place a ceasefire along the frontiers in Jammu and Kashmir, and more troops have died on the glacier due to the adverse weather than combat


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