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Pakistan Army offers help for Indian soldiers buried under Siachen avalanche

RAWALPINDI: Pakistan’s director general military operations on Thursday called his Indian counter and offered help for rescue of Indian soldiers who came under snow avalanche in Siachen.

The Inter-Services public Relations (ISPR) issued a statement confirming the Pakistan DGMO’s call to his Indian counterpart.

The Indian army said there was little chance of finding alive any of the 10 soldiers buried in an avalanche at Siachen Glacier in the remote Himalayas, as the rescue effort continued.

The soldiers were on duty at an army post on a glacier at an altitude of 5,900 metres (19,600 feet) when it was hit by a massive avalanche early Wednesday.

Avalanches and landslides are common in the area during winter and temperatures can drop as low as minus 60 degrees Celsius (minus 76 degrees Fahrenheit).

In January, four soldiers were killed by an avalanche, while last year another four died when their vehicle was buried under an avalanche near Leh.

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