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