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Kashmir quake survivors relate woes

By Faisul Yaseen

Poonch, Oct 8, 2006:

Who better can tell what the October 8, 2005 earthquake in Kashmir brought in the form of devastation than the people who have been nursing injuries after the quake.

Painful has been the life of 4-year-old Wahida Kouser. Unmindful of the tough life ahead of her Kouser was playing with her cousins when the sky fell on her. She too was buried in wreckage of her house on that tragic day and unfortunately for Kouser, her leg was amputated.

When she should have been going merry-go-round playing ring-a-ring of roses, Kouser is taking care of her leg, which though luckily was fixed by the doctors.

However, her the quake spoiled her childhood as she has been forced to live a life away from her cousins who used to play with her till that day, which has made her years older than her age.

"I don't play with my cousins and brothers and sisters any longer. Elders have directed them not to play with me lest they could injure me. You see my leg is badly injured," Kouser said pointing to her right leg, which she injured in the quake.

The October 8, 2005 quake was the deadliest in last 120 years in Poonch in which 10 persons were killed and at least 73 injured while property worth crores of rupees was damaged in the border district, which remains in news more for the militant activities in areas like Mendhar, Surankote, Hill Kaka and Gursai.

Around 80,000 people were killed in the deadly wobble and more than 1 lakh injured across the two sides of the LoC, which divides the state between India and Pakistan.

Shakura Bi, who is in her mid forties, has been living with the pain inflicted upon her by the killer-quake. "When the earth trembled under my feet on that fearful day last year, I saw stones falling over me.

I was buried under the debris for around an hour and a half. When the neighbours brought me out of the debris, I was drenched in a pool of blood, which was spilling through my head," she said.

Pointing at the mark of three stitches, which Bi received on her head, she said she has been living with the pain since the last one-year. Every time she gets a headache, it remembers her of the dreadful day.

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