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    March  23,  2016



Seven students of Parsan village buried alive under the debris of snow avalanche are still missing

By Zahiruddin

CHITRAL: The search for the students buried under the snow avalanche in Susoom village bore no fruit on the third day as well as the search work was suspended in the mid-day fearing its drifting downward.

Seven students of Parsan village had buried alive under the debris of snow avalanche while going back to their village after appearing in grade-9 examination on Saturday last.

Muhammad Yaqub, the member of zilla council from the area, told Chitral Times  on phone that the personnel of Chitral Scouts, Levies and police and the local volunteers started digging out the snow to search the dead bodies but it was to be stopped after some hours when movement of the snow mass was noted.

He said that later on, the District nazim Maghfirat Shah and Chitral DC Osama Ahmed Warraich also reached there along with the team of rescuers sent by NDMA from Islamabad in heli copter but it could not start its work.

Amirullah, a volunteer associated with Focus Humanitarian Assistance, Pakistan, said that the column of the avalanche debris was estimated to be more than 20 feet on Tuesday and it was gradually increasing as the mass in the altitude kept on drifting down.

He said that there was almost no chance of survival of the students under the debris as more than three days have passed and it may take many days to search their dead bodies.

The NDMA team is equipped with gadgets for remote sensing of the dead bodies while it is also carrying sniffer dogs but there were very thin chances of its working due to the large magnitude of depth where the bodies are supposed to be lying.

Meanwhile, district nazim Maghfirat Shah while talking to Chitral Times  said that the road to the village has been opened for vehicular traffic to mobilize machinery to clear the snow avalanche.

He said that the district government will provide all out support to the NDMA team which it needed on local level to make the mission of searching the dead bodies a success.



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