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Pakistan yet to find 139 buried in avalanche

A Pakistan commander says there is no sign of life from the more than 100 people buried when a massive avalanche hit a military complex close to the Indian border more than a week ago.

Maj. Gen. Ashfaq Nadeem said Saturday that more than 400 soldiers with help from heavy machinery and foreign experts are working to find 128 soldiers and 11 civilians that were swept up in the April 4 avalanche.

But so far they have not found anyone alive or any bodies of the dead. The troops and civilians were buried under some 25 meters (80 feet) of snow in the Siachen Glacier.

It is located on the northern tip of Kashmir, a Himalayan region which is divided between Pakistan and India. More soldiers have died there from the weather than combat on the glacier.