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    April  03,  2016



Search operation for recovery of avalanche hit students suspended

By Zahiruddin

CHITRAL: Search operation for the recovery of students buried under the snow avalanche in Susoom village of Karimabad valley had to be suspended on Saturday due to the heavy rain which increased the danger of drifting of the snow debris downward.

Mir Aslam , team leader of community volunteers working in the site, told Chitral Times  by telephone that no work could be initiated as the raining continued throughout the day while the downward floating of the avalanches takes place during raining.

He said that the process of spraying of water into the snow mass was being carried on in the course of searching the remaining four dead bodies which causes the snow to melt as a result of which the buried bodies surfaced.

Mr. Aslam said that the search work will face further delay if the area receives snow which is imminent any time during the night if the raining continues while fresh mass of snow from the top of the pass where it had accumulated.

The team of NDMA, personnel of Chitral Scouts, police, Chitral Levies and local volunteers are busy in the search operation since the last two weeks after nine students were buried under the debris of snow avalanche which hit them while coming from the school.

Meanwhile, Chitral-Garam Chashma and Ayun-Bumburate roads along with a number of other valley roads were closed for vehicular traffic on Saturday as the district received widespread rains for the last two days intermittently.

Life has come to a standstill due to the limited mobility of the passengers due to the closure of roads as well as the impending danger of falling boulders in the mountainous roads which are still opened for traffic.

The local market wore a deserted look as the people confined themselves to their homes due to the intense cold as a result of rains.



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