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Up to 135 feared dead in Kashmir avalanche
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The number of people feared dead in an avalanche in the disputed Kashmir region has risen to 135.

The Pakistani army confirmed that 124 Pakistani soldiers and 11 civilians were missing after 70ft of snow engulfed a military camp near the Siachen Glacier yesterday.

They had earlier said that 100 soldiers and 11 civilians were missing.

Rescuers have yet to find any survivors

Hundreds of troops, plus sniffer dogs and helicopters are involved in the rescue operation.

A previous avalanche in the area killed 24 Pakistani troops in 2010 - believed to be the heaviest loss of life in such an incident until now.
The Siachen glacier is known as the world's highest battlefield, and soldiers have been deployed at elevations of up to 6,700m.

More soldiers have died from the harsh weather conditions there than in combat.

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