PoK avalanche: Girl rescued after 18 hours buried in snow
Samina, 12, said she thought she would "die there", before she was rescued by the disaster management authorities. She has suffered a leg fracture.
In a case of miraculous survival, a 12-year-old girl has been found alive after being buried under snow for 18 hours when an avalanche hit her home in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir’s Neelam Valley.
Neelum Valley in PoK is among several places in Pakistan that has been hit by massive avalanches and other snow-related incidents that has so far killed 114 people. The Valley is the worst hit as hundreds of buildings in the area have been destroyed, killing 76 people.
Samina Bibi’s three-storey house in Neelam Valley was hit by an avalanche and got engulfed in snow on Tuesday.
She said she had been "screaming and shouting for help" as she lay trapped in a room under the snow, reported Reuters.
Samina said she thought she would "die there", before she was rescued by the disaster management authorities on Wednesday. She suffered a leg fracture, with blood oozing from her mouth.
While the Himalayan region is prone to weather disasters, the current death toll is one the highest in recent history.
Samina was later shifted to a hospital in Muzaffarabad where she is undergoing treatment and is said to be out of danger.
"It was not less than a miracle that Samina was alive after the natural calamity," said Shahnaz, the mother of Samina. However, Shahnaz lost a son and another daughter in the tragedy.
The mother said that the family had been huddled around a fire in their three-storey house when the avalanche hit. "We didn't hear a rumble. It happened in the blink of an eye," she said.