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    March  26,  2016



Rescue operation for searching missing students ended on 6th day without any result

By Zahiruddin

CHITRAL: The outcome of the search operation of the dead bodies of the seven students buried under the snow avalanche in Susoom village ended in failure on Friday while the use of radar system used by the Army Engineers also failed to detect the location of the bodies.

Nine students of Parsan village had been hit and buried alive by the snow avalanche on Saturday last when they were going back to their village after appearing in a paper of matriculation examination. The dead bodies of two of the students were recovered the very next day while hectic efforts are afoot to recover the rest of them.

The member of zilla council from Karimabad, Muhammad Yaqub told Chitral Times  by telephone that pointed excavation of snow avalanche in two points was carried out based on the indication of the radio waves-based apparatus but without any success as none of the bodies were found there.

He said that three dewatering machines have been provided by the district administration which suck away the water as a result of the melting down of the snow due to its excavation and reduce the risk of drifting down of the large mass of snow.

He said that light machinery also came to be used for the first time to excavate the remove the snow from the site under which the dead bodies are suspected to be lying.

Mr. Yaqub said that the arrival of the sensitive gadget has filled the worried and frenzied parents losing their sons with hopes for early recovery of the dead bodies and had thronged the place in large number.

The special team of engineers with radar system have been sent by the general officer commanding of Pak Army Swat division, Major Gen Nadir Khan who visited the village two days ago.

More than one hundred personnel of Chitral Scouts, police, Levies, NDMA team in addition to the local volunteers are taking part in the search operation on daily basis which has entered its sixth day on Friday.



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