10 dies and 10 injured as avalanche hit Sher Shal
village of Karimabad
Chitral Times Report
At least 10 people were killed and 10 injured while more than
dozen homes were destroyed by avalanches and heavy rain which
struck Chitral on Sunday.
An avalanche smashed into the village of Shershal Karimabad in
Chitral district, killing nine people including four women and four
It hit eight homes at around 2:00 am, said a member Tehsil council
Muhammad Ali shah. The dead bodies identified as Samina , Suhrab
Ali Shah, Alian , Ayan, Shapeer Khan, Huzur, Zar Than, Ahmad and
Bibi Hawa while the injured persons are Khosh Nizar, Shakila, Didar
and Sameer were rescued under the debries.
Shahab Hameed, Deputy Commissioner Chitral, confirmed the
death toll, adding that most of the area´s roads had been blocked.
"We are trying to reopen the roads and help people," he said.
A separate avalanche killed a soldier at a border checkpoint in
Chitral district, a military statement said, while six more
soldiers were injured.
Chitral district Nazim Maghfriat Shah said the city´s airport was
shut because of the weather. He said that due to heavy snowfall in
the area over the past two days several families had been shifted
to safer locations.
Another local official Muhammad Ilyas told the media that the
people in the worst-hit area were facing medicine and food
shortages because of road closures and flight cancellations.
The region´s electricity supply was also disrupted after the main
transmission line was damaged and more than three feet snow fall
recorded in the region.