posted on May, 19 2005 @ 11:48 AM
Five Chilean soldiers are confirmed dead and 95 are still missing after a fierce snowstorm in the Andes mountain range. A total of 433 troops have
been affected in the Los Barros range in southern Chile, close to the Argentinian border. Chile has admitted that senior officers at Army headquaters
are struggling to cope with the disaster.
"Five soldiers died and 95 are missing after a "tsunami of snow" struck during a large-scale exercise", said army chief Gen Juan Emilio Cheyre.
"A unit of this type, surprised by a tsunami of snow, is trained to stop, so it is possible that they are all camping," he said.
Of the 433 troops on exercise, 47 were effectively refugees in the "white zone", with a further 114 in the Los Bajos area.
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It is well known that more soldiers die on exersice than in combat situations and this just proves it!
Lets just hope that the soldiers are trained well enough to cope in a situation like this and that the death count stays the way it is!