Landslide in Pakistan on Saturday, 01 December, 2012 at 04:43 (04:43 AM) UTC.
A landslide killed three Pakistani soldiers in mountainous Kashmir Friday, while 18 people sent to rescue them were missing after being buried by a second landslide, officials said. A military rescue operation swung into action after heavy snows triggered the two landslides at a remote outpost in the Kel area of Pakistan-administered Kashmir near the de facto border with India. The bodies of the three soldiers had been recovered but rescuers were still hunting for the eight soldiers and 10 civilians from the search party, local official Raja Saqib Majeed said. “We hope that rescue workers will find some of them alive. Lets hope for the best,” he said, but added that efforts were being hampered by continued bad weather. Disputed Kashmir has caused two of the three wars between India and Pakistan since their independence from Britain in 1947. But with separatist violence having dropped sharply since a peace process was started in 2004, the greatest dangers facing soldiers stationed at remote outposts are often landslides and extreme conditions.