Photographer Captured a Girl's Last Moments While Trapped in a Mudflow

Breaking News

Photographer Captured a Girl's Last Moments While Trapped in a Mudflow

 

Since the 1840s, the Nevado del Ruiz volcano in Colombia had shown signs of activity. Eventually, the tremors became so powerful that it started to alarm the public. Finally, the volcano erupted on November 13, 1985. Although it was only a small explosion which melted about five and 10 percent of the ice cap covering the Arenas Crater, it was enough to trigger devastating lahar or mudflow.

 

Photo Credit; All That's Interesting

 

All That’s Interesting, a site for curious people who want to know more about what they see on the news or read in history books, reported that the tragedy cost 25,000 lives, with many people suffering from injuries. Unfortunately, only a fifth of the town’s population managed to survive. Reports showed that the mudflow was running at a speed of roughly 25 mph. It reached Armero and covered 85 percent of the city in thick, heavy sludge. 

Aside from that, the houses, bridges, and roadways of the city were engulfed in mudflow. A lot of the residents who were trying to escape were trapped. One of them was a little girl named Omayra Sánchez. She and many others had to ensure long, terrifying deaths since it took several hours before initial rescue efforts started. Unfortunately, Sánchez died after spending more than 60 hours trapped under mud and debris.

 

Photo Credit; All That's Interesting

 

The slow and tragic death of the 13-year-old girl was documented by French photographer Frank Fournier. He stayed with her until she drew her last breath. Although the locals and the rescuers were trying to pull her out, it was later discovered that Sánchez’s legs had been trapped by a brick door and her dead aunt’s arms underneath the water. 

 

Photo Credit; All That's Interesting

 

Fournier’s haunting of photo of Sánchez — black-eyed, drenched, and hanging on for dear life — captured the world instantly. A few days after he captured it, the photo was published in Paris Match magazine. It also won him the 1986 World Press Photo of the Year. The disturbing image caused international backlash against the Colombian government’s nonexistent rescue efforts during that time. 

 

SIMIALR POST

2019.10.07

GiAnn Esgana

Five Elephants Died While Saving a Baby Elephant Drowning in a Thai Waterfall

2019.10.02

Grazielle Sarical

Pit Bull Dies From Venomous Bites After Protecting Owner's Kids

2019.10.01

Grazielle Sarical

Girl Dies While Sleeping After Charging Phone Exploded