Progress Made in Pakistani Avalanche Recovery

Posted By: The Ski Channel on April 17, 2012 5:28 pm

The Pakistani army is reportedly making great strides as they continue efforts to rescue the 138 soldiers and civilians buried in an avalanche earlier this month in the country’s northern Siachen Glacier. The army’s Inter-Services Public Relations officials released a statement on Monday affirming that rescue operations at Gayari continue round the clock despite being faced by difficult odds.

“The weather remains very harsh and poses serious challenges to the men and machines working at the avalanche site.”

Despite these implications, rescue teams remain optimistic and are unwavering in their quest to save their comrades.

The current objective is to finish crafting a tunnel that will allow rescue crews to access a structure believed to be a potential haven for the avalanche victims. Crews are also working simultaneously at three additional sites to access survivors, and engineers have managed to widen the outflow of water channels, previously blocked by the avalanche.

While significant progress has been made, no survivors or deceased have been recovered. Forces sent in from Germany and Switzerland compliment efforts by the Pakistani army. 

Both media crews and Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari had planned on visiting the site, but were deterred by adverse weather conditions.