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August 18, 2019

Seven buried alive in AJK land sliding

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August 18, 2019

MIRPUR (AJK): At least seven persons of a family, including five females, were buried alive and two others injured in a land sliding in village Pothi Chapraan Hajeera, sub division of Rawalakot district of Azad Jammu & Kashmir in wee hours of Saturday.

Three houses were totally swept away in the land sliding that emerged due to over-flowing of an under construction Hydel Power station at remote Akhore Ban / Pothi Chapraan village at about 5.30 am on Saturday, Commissioner Poonch Division Ch. Muhammad Raqeeb told APP over telephone on Saturday.

Two of the bodies were recovered by this noon and rescue operations were underway to recover the bodies of rest of five missing persons from the debris, the Commissioner said while referring to the rescue and relief operations by the local administration, including rescue 1122, civil defence volunteers and the police.

The Commissioner said that six of the deceased were identified as Shoaib Maqsood s/o Muhammad Maqsood, (18), Sobia Bibi (40), wife of Raja Muhammad and her five daughters, including Tasmiyaa (11), Aleesha (9), Asma (7), Majabeen (4) and Roofi (One and half year old).

Bodies of only two ill-fated persons, including Sobia Bibi and her daughter Tasmiya were recovered so far and the operation was underway to recover rest of five bodies. Three residential houses were totally destroyed in the land sliding, belonged to Muhammad Maqsood s/o Muhammad Sharif, Raj Muhammad s/o Muhammad Sharif and Kabeer Maqsood s/o Muhammad Sharif. The above far-flung and remote area of Poonch division was in the grip of torrential rains since yesterday that played havoc badly affecting the routine life, Ch. Raqeeb said adding that there was no road access to the catastrophe-hit Akhore Ban village causing severe hurdles in the rescue and relief operation.

The injured, including Zubaida Bibi, wife of Muhammad Riaz, were rushed to the nearby hospital.

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