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    March  24,  2016



GOC visits Karimabad valley, announced to a provide Radar system for searching missing students

By Zahiruddin

CHITRAL: The fourth day of the search for the seven numbers of students buried under the debris of snow avalanche in Susoom village also proved a failure as no clue could be traced on Wednesday.

Members of zilla council from Karimabad, Muhammad Yaqub told Chitral Times  on telephone that the local volunteers, the personnel of Chitral Scouts, police , FOCUS and levies were joined by the NDMA team but without any headway.

He said that it was a cloudy day with lesser degree of the danger of floating of the snow avalanche from upward due to which work continued whole the day and new strategy was adopted to remove the snow from the probable place of finding the bodies.

The mass of snow was tried to be divided into slices to make its removal easier and for this purpose, water in pipes was directed to it in high pressure but it did not work as well, he said adding that all other available ways and means had also been tried out.

The general officer commanding of Pak Army Swat Division, Major General Nadir Khan also visited the village on Wednesday and promised the people to help continue the efforts till the recovery of the last dead body.

Talking to Chitral Times , the commandant of Chitral Scouts, colonel Nizamud Din Shah said that the GOC announced on the occasion to send Army Engineers’ team along with gadgets to accelerate the melting down of the snow on the site as had been done in Giari sector some years ago.

He said that the GOC also announced to send a radar system capable of indicating the right spot where the dead bodies are lying beneath the avalanche mass so that pointed excavation could be carried out.
The GOC also announced an amount of one lakh rupees for the bereaved families while support of all types will be extended to them by the Chitral Scouts, he said.



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