Heavy snow fall in Chitral confined the people to their
CHITRAL: The heavy snowfall in the length and breadth of
Chitral during the last two days has led to accumulation of snow
ranging from 2 to 4 feet in different localities of the district as
a result of which life activities have came to a standstill and
confining the people to their homes.
The snow has caused the electric polls to fall disrupting the power
supply to the city while vehicular traffic has also been closed
throughout Chitral while the district has already been disconnected
from the rest of the country last month when Lowari Pass received 5
to 6 feet of snow.
No incident of loss to life or property could not be ascertained
from any part of the district as the communication system has also
been disrupted there.
The commandant of Chitral Scouts, colonel Nizamud Din Shah, when
contacted, said that no information of human loss has so far been
received from any part of the district which maintains contacts
with its posts in far flung areas through its wireless network.
The situation is reported to be more worsening in upper parts of
the district than the lower region where snowfall has entered its
fourth day consecutively and the valleys of Terich, Torkhow,
Yarkhoon, Mastuj and Laspur have received about 4 feet snow.
The magnitude of the snow received in the area is said to be a
record during the past seven decades and the houses with muddy
roofs may further withstand the burden of the snow and collapse.
Haji Durdana Khan of Khot valley, who is at his nineties, said that
this was the first snowfall in his life which extended to five days
He said that the valley did receive snow of more than four feet but
in piecemeal which did not pose danger to their people and their
homes and he no knowledge of the collapse of any home due to the
snow and in the present case it is imminent.
The executive engineer of communication and works department,
Engineer Maqbul Azam told Chitral Times that work on the snow
clearance will be started as soon as the snowfall ceased for which
his staff is all prepared.
He said that the it may take a week to restore the vehicular
traffic and bring it to the normal to establish contact between
lower and upper part of Chitral and Lotkoh valley while some of the
roads are prone to snow avalanches delaying the work.
The district nazim Maghfirat Shah said that the district government
has taken steps to rush to the spot if disaster is reported from
any part of the district due to the ongoing snowfall while local
arrangements have been made in union council level.
He said that he was in constant contact with the members of zilla
and tehsil councils as well as the village nazims from different
far flung villages to keep himself abreast of the situation.
Although the elders kept themselves confined to their homes
throughout the day but the youth folk and the children made a fun
of it and came out to play with the flakes of snow.
Snowfall was reported to be in swing in all the valleys of upper
and lower parts of the district while filing this report.