Amid army chief visited disaster site, soldiers were digging for a second day on Sunday to find 135 troops and civilians buried by a massive avalanche that engulfed a military complex in Gayari sector near Skardu.

Military officials said Sunday they have not recovered many bodies over 24 hours after the avalanche as 135 people are missing under some 21 meters (70 feet) of snow.

Rescue operation was underway on second at the site, with sniffing dogs, helicopters and troops on ground employed on rescue efforts. Heavy Engineers machinery has been moved from Rawalpindi by air, the Inter Service Public Relations said.

The army is sending more heavy equipment to help with the effort.

Chief of army staff, General Ishfaq Pervez Kiani along with ten top commanders, visited the scene and monitored rescue efforts by helicopter.

As many as 124 army soldiers and 11 civilians of 6 Northern Light Infantry Battalion were buried after a snow slide on Saturday morning, covering an area of 1 sq kilometer, ISPR said.

It said “this battalion headquarter is situated at same place for last 20 years and no incident of this nature has happened.”

Meanwhile, the names released by ISPR on its website included Lt Col Tanvir Ul Hassan, Maj Zaka Ul Haq and Capt Haleem Ullah. List of Junior Commission Officers included Naib Subedar Khurshid, Didar, Malik, Iftikhar.

The names of 12 Havildars, two Lance Havildar, six Naiks, 8 Lance Naiks, 85 Sepoys and four sweepers also included in the list. The names of Havildars are Rehber, Haji Shafayat, Zakir, Gulfraz, Shah Nawaz, Musadiq, Rustam, Shad, Ghulam Muhammad, Sher Nayab, Ishaq and Tanvir.

At least 11 civilians were also buried under the avalanche which included two waiters, two barbers, three washermen (Dhobi), two canteenmen, one tailor and a servant named Ghulam Rasool whose presence at the sight of the avalanche is not confirmed yet.