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Two more bodies recovered at Gayari

SIACHEN – Rescue teams recovered two more bodies on Sunday from the site of an avalanche that buried 140 people at a high-altitude army camp more than seven weeks ago on Sunday. Earlier, body of soldier Mohammad Hussain was recovered on late Saturday night.According to ISPR, the search operation for soldiers and civilians buried under the avalanche continued on Sunday. The identities of the newly-found bodies are yet to be ascertained. Rescuers found the bodies around the same location where the body of soldier Mohammad Hussain was discovered. The bodies were shifted to a nearby military hospital. 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 bodies of two more soldiers were found today from the avalanche site. They were recovered from a place which is very close to a site from where the first body was found,” the military said in a statement.Over the past few weeks, search teams working at the site of the avalanche at Gyari had found equipment and personal effects of the soldiers. The search teams were also working to tackle the effects of ponds that had formed at the site.The military has used ground penetrating radars and dug tunnels as part of its efforts to locate the soldiers buried by the avalanche. Earlier in the day, Mohammad Hussain’s funeral prayers were offered on Sunday and his body was sent to his home town for burial. The last official dispatch from ISPR on May 22 had said that clearance efforts were underway round the clock to reach out to the 127 trapped soldiers and 11 civilians hit by an avalanche on April 7.Simultaneous efforts were underway to tackle effects of water on the site in the shape of ponds, cuttings and crevasses.More than 450 rescuers, including foreign teams, have been working in sub-zero temperatures at the site since the incident, though experts have said there is little chance of finding any survivors.President Asif Ali Zardari, Army Chief General Ashfaq Parvaiz Kayani and PML-N President Nawaz Sharif had also visited Siachen Glacier to monitor search operation and to boost morale of the soldiers involved in the operation and expressed solidarity with affected families.

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