8 students perish in Chitral landslide

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Two bodies recovered; 4 of family die as roof collapses in Faisalabad

Staff Reporter

Peshawar/Faisalabad—Pakistan Army and Scouts Sunday recovered the bodies of a 9th grade student and a passerby while the Provincial Disaster Management Authority spokesperson has announced the demise of at least eight students trapped in an avalanche in Susoom village of Karimabad, Chitral.
The casualties include Rehmat Bai, Imran Uddin, Faiz Ali, Ali Shan, Imran Khan, Elahi, Irshad Murad and Mubashir.
Talking to media, an official Fazaluddin disclosed that soon after the incident, the jawans of Pakistan Army and Scouts rushed to the site in Susoom village, where nine persons including eight students and a passerby were buried in the avalanche after they were returning home from school after appearing in their ongoing examination.
He disclosed that DSP Chitral Khalid Khan was present at the site of the incident and through wireless message, he informed that they have only recovered two bodies — one of a student and the other of a passer-by through rescue operation jointly conducted by the jawans of Pakistan Army and Chitral Scouts.
The official also confirmed that the rescue operation was halted due to bad weather and heavy rain. Due to fear that more such incidents of avalanches may occur, the operation was stopped, the official confirmed.
The official confirmed that Army and Scouts recovered the bodies of a student Mubashir, resident of Susoom along with a passerby Rehmat, also from same village.
The disaster struck on Saturday afternoon near the village of Susoom, some 40 kilometres north of Chitral, local police station chief Sultan Baig told media.
Worried parents and authorities began searching for the ninth graders when they did not return from school. “The chances of finding any survivors are very low,” said local deputy mayor Mohammad Ali. “But you never know, people have been found alive buried under snow for nearly 20 hours.”
“So far two bodies have been recovered and due to the terrain and topography heavy machinery could not make way to the area so people are using local available equipment to recover the bodies,” the PDMA spokesperson said. Poorly-built homes, particularly in rural areas, are most prone to collapse.
Meanwhile in Faisalabad district, four members of a family died when roof of a house collapsed due to rain in the area of Lundianwala police station early in the morning on Sunday.
According to Rescue 1122, the incident took place in Chak No 563-GB where roof of a house owned by Abdul Ghafoor collapsed. As a result, Shakeela, daughter of Abdul Ghafoor, his daughter-in-law Shabana and her two daughters Ayesha (2) and Muqaddas (4) were buried alive under the debris.
On receiving information, Rescue 1122 team rushed to the spot and pulled the victims out of debris. In Tangi area (KP), one person died and three others were wounded when roof of a house collapsed due to torrential rain on Sunday morning.
Police said that roof of a dilapidated house located in Head area in tehsil Tangi of district Charsadda suddenly came down as the area received heavy rain during last one week.
Four people were buried under the rubble of which one died while three others wounded who were pulled out by the local people on self-help basis and shifted to hospital for treatment.

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