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12-year-old girl found alive after remaining buried for 18 hours after avalanche in PoK

Samina, 12, who was rescued after heavy snowfall and avalanches in Bakwali village in Neelum Valley near line of control (LoC), receives first aid at a hospital in Muzaffarabad, Pakistan January 15, 2020.

Samina, 12, who was rescued after heavy snowfall and avalanches in Bakwali village in Neelum Valley near line of control (LoC), receives first aid at a hospital in Muzaffarabad, Pakistan January 15, 2020.   | Photo Credit: REUTERS

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She was found alive during the rescue operation by the disaster management authorities.

A 12-year-old girl has miraculously survived after remaining buried for 18-hours after a massive avalanche hit her house in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir’s Neelum Valley, officials said.

Samina Bibi lived with her family in a three-storey house in Neelum Valley when the building was hit by an avalanche and got engulfed by snow on Tuesday.

She was found alive during the rescue operation by the disaster management authorities on Wednesday and had suffered a leg fracture, with blood oozing from her mouth, Geo News reported.

She 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,” Shahnaz, the mother of Shamina, said.

Police officers and local residents dig to search bodies of victims of avalanches in Doodnail village in Neelum Valley, Pakistan-administered Kashmir, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020.

Police officers and local residents dig to search bodies of victims of avalanches in Doodnail village in Neelum Valley, Pakistan-administered Kashmir, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020.   | Photo Credit: AP

However, Shahnaz lost a son and another daughter in the tragedy.

Neelum Valley in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (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.

Neelum Valley is the worst hit as hundreds of building in the area have been destroyed, killing 76 people.

In Balochistan 31 people have died while at least 7 people were killed in Sialkot and other districts of Punjab over the past few days.

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