An avalanche had hit the Pakistani military base in Gayari Sector, near the Siachen Glacier region, on April 7th, 2012 and trapped at least 140 soldiers and civilian contractors under the deep snow.
The tragedy occurred at an altitude of almost 13,000 feet and about 180 miles northeast of Skardu, the capital of Baltistan. It was the worst avalanche experienced by the Pakistani military in the region.
Later, on 29 May 2012, it was reported that at least 129 soldiers and about 11 civilians were declared dead.
According o details, on April 7th, 2012, around 2:00 am Pakistan Standard Time (PST), a huge ice avalanche hit a Pakistani military headquarters at Gayari which are just a 30 km west of the Siachen Glacier terminus, the disputed Siachen glacier region.
Gayari base is one of the most vital supply hub for materiel passing as well as troops to more remote bases and is therefore, also not far from a military hospital.
At the time of the avalanche, the base was actually occupied by fighters of the a unit “trained in mountain operations”, 6th Northern Light Infantry battalion.
Avalanches are basically not that common in the area of Gayari and due to the low avalanche risk, it was a bigger complex and held many more soldiers than other bases in the Siachen region. The avalanche dropped at an elevation of around 4560 m.a.s.l.
Initial reports showed that at least 100 Pakistani soldiers which also included a colonel and commander, were trapped under snow. However, the number of people missing reported was 135, “At least 124 soldiers and 11 civilian contractors”.
The list of 135 names of missing soldiers were released by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) of Pakistan Armed Forces.
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