Avalanche traps and possibly kills 135 people

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An 80-foot deep, one-kilometer wide, Himalayan avalanche buried 124 Pakistan soldiers and 11 civilians Saturday near the Indian border.

Due to darkness and bad weather, rescuers had to postpone their search Saturday, Al Arabiya News said.

Over 150 soldiers with dogs, along with helicopters were sent to search after the avalanche engulfed the camp but after hours of searching, no bodies or survivors had been found, Al Arabiya News said.

The people are trapped in one of the harshest environments on Earth, the Chicago Tribune said. The Pakistani army battalion headquarters is located at an altitude of 15,000 feet near the Siachen Glacier in the Karakoram Mountain range,and temperatures can drop to minus 94 degrees Fahrenheit, the Chicago Tribune said.

According to military experts, the climate and avalanche-prone terrain has claimed more lives than gunfire, the Chicago Tribune said.

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