Avalanche Kills 33 In Pakistan's Kashmir
12 February 2005
Islamabad: An avalanche killed at least 33 people in a small hamlet in the Neelam Valley of Pakistan-held Kashmir, Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Northern Areas Faisal Saleh Hayat told Reuters on Saturday. The minister said 18 houses in Mathawali Siri hamlet had been buried by the avalanche which struck overnight. Rescuers were still trying to reach the site of the disaster, ploughing through snow drifts more than 2 metres (6 ft) deep, but they could see the bodies of 20 women and 13 men from a vantage point overlooking the hamlet. Four injured had been rescued.