Avalanches
Senior Indian Army officers assess the damage after avalanches in Gurez, 160 km (100 miles) north of Srinagar February 29, 2012.REUTERS/Indian Army/Handout

After 24 hours of search operations, the rescue teams in avalanche-hit areas are hoping for some miracle to happen. On Saturday, a massive avalanche struck a Pakistan military camp along Indo-Pakistan border in Kashmir's Siachen Glacier burying as many as 124 Pakistani soldiers and 11 civilians.

With the help of choppers and sniper dogs, the rescue efforts are carried on full swing in order to find miracle survivors of merciless avalanche. However, the hope of finding the people trapped inside snow-bundles is blighting every passing minute.

The victims are trapped in one of the most unforgiving environments on earth, at an altitude of 15,000 feet near the Siachen Glacier in the Karakoram mountain range.

"Let's hope for a miracle," a military official, who asked to remain anonymous, told Reuters.

"Come Wednesday and Thursday we expect cloudy conditions and some snow fall as well which will make it difficult for any rescue operations to continue," said meteorologist Mohammed Hanif on state television.

Siachen is one among disputed-places between India and Pakistan, where the military tension always runs high. In past, India and Pakistan armies had twice hooked up at the same territory.?

The number of deaths caused by the unbearable climate and avalanche higher than the life loss in gun battle, said the military experts. Siachen is in the northern part of the Himalayan region of Kashmir. The no-man's-land of Siachen is 20,000 feet above sea level.