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    March  25,  2016



Rescue operation suspends due to fresh snow fall in Karimabad

By Zahiruddin

CHITRAL; Work was suspended for searching the dead bodies of the students under the snow avalanche in Susoom village here on Thursday afternoon due to fresh snowfall which is continuing there till filing of this report.

Nine school students had been buried alive under the snow avalanche which hit them on Saturday last when they were going back to their village after appearing in a paper of matriculation examination while the dead bodies of only two of them were recovered the next day.

Mir Dulla Jan, a resident of the village told Chitral Times  by telephone that the excavation work for searching the dead bodies under the snow was to be suspended in the mid-day as the snowfall started making it impossible to carry on the work.

He said that the village had received more than four inches snow afresh during since afternoon which is likely to continue throughout the night making the search work more and more harder.

The search work is being carried on the personnel of Chitral Scouts, police, levies, the local volunteers and the team of NDMA which arrived her two days ago.

Deputy Commissioner Chitral, Osama Ahmed Warraich told Chitral Times  that the heli copter carrying the gadgets including radar system to locate the dead bodies and the Army Engineers had to land in upper Dir district due to the snowfall in Lowari Pass on Thursday afternoon.

He said that team of Army Engineers have left Chitral by road from upper Dir via Lowari tunnel and will be dispatched to the Susoom village when they arrived here.

The general officer commanding of Pak Army, Maj Gen Nadir Khan had announced to send the team of army along with the gadgets during his visit to the village on Wednesday last.



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