Five Pakistani soldiers missing after avalanche hits Siachen base

Five Pakistani soldiers missing after avalanche hits Siachen base

At least five Pakistan army personnel are missing after an avalanche hit their base in Siachen.

The Pakistan army has started a rescue operation in the area with the help of locals, Express Tribune reported, adding heavy machinery has been sent to speed up the rescue operation.

The army was yet to confirm any casualties.

Ten Indian soldiers were hit by an avalanche at the northern Siachen Glacier in February last year.

While another four soldiers were killed by an avalanche in January last year, while in the previous year another four died when their vehicle was buried under an avalanche near Leh, the main city in the high-altitude region known as Ladakh.

Avalanches and landslides are common at the Siachen Glacier during the winter and temperatures there can drop as low as minus 60 degrees Celsius.

An estimated 8,000 troops have died on the glacier since 1984, almost all of them from avalanches, landslides, frostbite, altitude sickness or heart failure rather than combat.

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