Asked by Erin Hand in VolcanoesScience
Why was it impossible to rescue Omayra Sánchez?
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Asked in Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Plate Tectonics
Who was the little girl that was stuck in mud called nevad del ruiz eruption?
Her name was Omayra Sánchez. She was 13 years old at the time and lived with her parents, her brother and an uncle. However, prior to the tragedy, her mother had traveled to Bogotá on business. The night of the disaster, she and her family had awakened and heard of the volcanic fluid going in their direction. In the process of evacuating to a nearby mount, Omayra's grandmother fell into a water aqueduct hole, and Omayra herself stopped with the intent to rescue her trapped sibling, when the flow reached them. Omayra got trapped under her own home's concrete and debris and could not escape. When rescue teams tried to help her, they realized that her legs were trapped. Omayra was trapped up to her neck in water, concrete, and other debris for three days before she succumbed to gangrene and hypothermia. During three nights of agony, Omayra seemed strong but was suffering. According to Cristina Echandia, a journalist who kept records of the events, Omayra sang and had normal conversations with the people who were trying to help her. The little girl was thirsty and scared. On the third night, Omayra began hallucinating, saying that she did not want to be late for school. At some point she asked the people to leave her so they could rest. Television coverage of the disaster introduced her to the world when she was still alive. The photo shown here was taken hours before her death and published after her death. Source: Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omayra_S%C3%A1nchez BBC-news: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4231020.stm
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