31 people perished in flash flood disaster in Ursoon village
By our Correspondent
Chitral : Army troops are busy in relief and rescue operation
in Chitral. Last night in village ursoon, Nullah flooded in area
6-7 KM north west of Domil Nisar. 5 houses of village Ursoon
completely washed away. Army troops are busy since last night in
rescue and relief operation. Troops provided Food, tents and
medical aid to affected people in ursoon village. Lama heliopter of
Army made 5 trips from Chitral to Ursoon and evacuated injured. 2
injured with critical head injury was
2. Search operation for missing persons in progress.
As many as thirty one persons died and many sustained
injuries and many feared to have gone missing after a flash flood
hit the village of Ursoon situated in the south of Chitral on
Pak-Afghan border in the late hours of Saturday.
A villager Usman Khan told Chitral Times that the torrent so all of
sudden that the villagers found no time to flee to the safer places
while the flood swept away thirty seven houses and damaged
partially 48 houses out of one hundred households of the village
while a number of the piquets of Pak Army were also swept away.
He said that those died included eight personnels of Pak Army in
the piquets and the ten persons who were offering prayers in a
mosque while four families were completely annihilated by the flood
Recalling the gory moments of the flash flood, he said that he
heard hue and cry in the village when the flood passed through and
every one was wandering madly searching for his near and dear ones
while the villagers found their village completely changed into
desert the next morning.
An official of Chitral police told Chitral Times that the jawans of
Pak Army dying on the spot included havaldar Azizullah, havaldar
Sajjad Haider, Naik Altaf, Naik Younus Khan and sepoys Abdul Wahid,
Saleem Taj, Abdullah and Basit Ali.
Those of the locals who died included Muhammad Tahir, his son and
daughter, Badiur Rahman , his mother and son, Amina wife of Usman,
Subhanud Din and Imran sons of Usman and Madani daughter of Usman,
Abdur Razaq son of Haji Muhammad and his son Abdul Latif,
Zakirullah son of Azizullah.
Similarly, three sons of Gul Zarin namely Haleemullah, Muheebullah
and Naeeumullah, Abdus Salam son of unknown person, Ziaul Haq son
of Gul Muhammad, Noor Muhammad son Noor Islam and Shafiq son of
The dead bodies of seventeen persons were reportedly retrieved near
Arandu area bordering the Kunar province of Afghanistan while two
were retrieved from the debris in the village while Chitral DC
Osama Ahmed Warraich put the number at six only.
Hectic efforts were being made by the volunteers to retrieve the
dead bodies from the debris and the river which is hampered by the
high flood in the river while the local people could bury only
three dead bodies on Sunday.
Rescue and search operation started on Sunday morning by the
personnel of Chitral Scouts and the volunteers of Al-Khidmat
Foundation, another villager Noor Rahman said adding that almost
hundred percent families of the isolated village on Afghan border
have been rendered homeless.
He said that there was acute shortage of both food and non-food
items as the houses have been inundated by flood debris and there
was need of establishing tent village to accommodate those rendered
Helicopter of Pak Army removed the injured persons to the Scouts
hospital Chitral in critical condition while many other persons
with normal injuries were admitted to Civil hospital Drosh.
Deputy commissioner Chitral Osama Ahmed Warraich said that baked
food and ration will be provided to the affected people for a week
by the district administration while chairman of National Disaster
Management Authority will visit the village on Monday.
He said that the facility of drinking water will be restored to the
village for which 5000 metre high density rubber pipe was being
dispatched to the village.
District nazim Chitral Maghfirat Shah also rushed to the spot to
oversee the relief operations being carried out to mitigate the
suffering of the affected while the commandant of Chitral scouts
colonel Nizamud Din Shah also visited the area.
The flood emanating from Ursoon village blocked the Chitral river
at Naghar village near Drosh as a result of which a number of
houses and the garden of Nagar fort have been submerged in water
and the volume of pooled water is increasing with each moment
taking a horrendous situation.
The village had been hit by flood last week which swept away five
numbers of vehicles and had created the scarcity of drinking and
irrigation water by hitting the irrigation channels and water
Meanwhile, the district amir of Jamaat-e-Islami Chitral Maulana
Jamshed Ahemd has demanded of the government to rush to the rescue
of the people of Ursoon devastated by flood.
Addressing a press conference here on Sunday, he said that the
people of Ursoon were in pitiable and miserable condition as they
has lost their every thing to the flood.
He said that keeping in view the low efficiency of the government
while responding to the disaster of last year, they were totally
disappointed as the government ignored the miseries of the flood