Miraculous escape for youth as flood-hit house collapses

Iqbal Kirmani
SRINAGAR: A 22-year-old youth was rescued after remaining trapped for three hours under the debris of his collapsed house at Koker Bazar here.
Abrar Farooq was trapped when his three-storey house , damaged by the September floods, collapsed while he was inside the washroom. He was rescued in a joint effort by the locals and officials of the Fire and Emergency Services (F&ES).
“At around 2 pm, Abrar went to the washroom while his father, Farooq Ahmad, was waiting for him outside the building. Suddenly, the building came down crashing, trapping Abrar,” Abrar’s cousin, Suhail Ahmad, told Kashmir Reader.
The locals called the F&ES, which rushed to the spot to join the rescue effort already started by the locals.
“After three hours of tireless efforts, we rescued him from the spot identified by his father,” Suhail said.
Abrar is unhurt, but in shock.
“He was shifted to SMHS hospital for medical checkup and then to SKIMS Soura for CT scan and USG. He is safe, but he is still in shock. His father and family are in shock too,” he said.
Abrar’s family thanked the people who helped in the rescue.
“It is by the grace of almighty and the timely help of the people and F&ES men that he (Abrar) is alive,” Suhail said.
Meanwhile, the local shopkeepers accused the government of callous approach in dismantling the structures damaged by the September floods.
“In absence of clear instructions from the government, we are yet to decide whether or not to dismantle the structures damaged by the floods. And today, it almost consumed a precious life,” they said.
“The government shall act fast and inspect the buildings to pass clear orders,” they added.