Bad Weather Stalls Pakistan Avalanche Search

Posted By: The Ski Channel on April 9, 2012 11:01 am

Bad weather on Monday has stalled efforts in the search of 135 people buried in an avalanche at a Pakistani army camp, as a US team of high altitude specialists arrived in the country to help.

It has now been over two days since a huge avalanche crashed into the remote Siachen Glacier base high in the mountains of Kashmir. Experts are saying that there is little hope of finding survivors, though no bodies have been recovered yet. 

Specially trained search and rescue teams of army engineers equipped with locating gadgets and heavy machinery on Sunday joined rescue units aided by sniffer dogs and helicopters. A senior military official said attempts to send extra equipment up to help with the search on Monday had been delayed.

“We had planned to transport some heavy machinery from Rawalpindi to Siachen but could not do so because of bad weather,” the official told AFP on condition of anonymity. ”We had arranged a C-130 cargo plane to lift some machinery up to the area, but bad weather did not allow the flight.” 

An eight member team of high altitude search and rescue specialists from the US arrived in Pakistan late on Sunday to help with the search effort, the US embassy said. 

A Pakistani security official involved in the work told AFP the US team was expected to reach the site later on Monday, adding that operations were likely to go on for quite some time.

 ”It was a massive snow slide and looks like the rescue work will take days,” an official said.

Pakistan’s powerful army chief General Ashfaq Kayani visited the site on Sunday in the militarised region of Kashmir, which has caused two of the three wars between India and Pakistan since their independence in 1947 from Britain.

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