Villagers have pulled out another six bodies from the site of a landslide in Othar Nala, Kohistan. The development comes 12 days after the landslide swept through the region and a week after the site was declared a communal grave.
According to Malik Ghani and Zaigdoon – who were relatives of the victims – a foul stench emanated from the site of the landslide. When they dug through the debris, they found six bodies. The other 17 bodies have not been found as yet.
When contacted, Kohistan DPO Ali Rehmat said authorities also received information and sent the tehsildar and SHO for a fact-finding mission. The landslide struck on April 3 and two bodies were recovered from the site initially. Four days after the natural disaster, an estimated 23 villagers could not be rescued in time. The rescue operation was stopped with the consent of victims’ families and the site was declared a communal grave. Families of the victims offered funeral prayers in absentia.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 16th, 2016.
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