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Rescuers find bodies at avalanche site

2012-05-27 22:07

Islamabad - Pakistani rescuers have recovered the first bodies from the site of an avalanche that buried 140 people at a high-altitude army camp more than seven weeks ago, a military spokesperson says.

A huge wall of snow crashed into the remote Siachen Glacier base high in the mountains in the disputed Kashmir area in the early hours of April 7, smothering an area of one square kilometre.

Rescuers have been digging in tunnels in the hard mass of snow and ice that hit the battalion headquarters of the 6th Northern Light Infantry to try to recover the bodies of 129 soldiers and 11 civilians at the Gayari camp.

"The body of one more soldier was found on Sunday.

"It was recovered from a place that is very close to a site from where the first body was found on Saturday," the military said.

Several foreign teams have also visited the site, which is 4 000m up in the mountains, to assist the rescue efforts.