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  February 08, 2017


Two persons including a woman died in Sheshikoh valley

By Zahiruddin

CHITRAL: Two persons including a woman more died in snowfall related incident in Sheshi Koh valley of lower Chitral here on Wednesday.

Deputy commissioner Chitral Shahab Hamid Yousufzai confirmed the casualties and identified them as wife of Afzal Khan in Gawooch village of the Sheshi Koh valley who was trapped in snow storm and died of severe cold.

The other person Hafeezur Rahman of Kashindel village of the valley died when hit by boulders slipped from the nearby mountain killing him on the spot, he said.

He said that with two casualties in Sheshi Koh valley, the total number of death has risen to 12 as nine persons had died in Shershal village of Karimabad valley two days ago and a militia check post near Arandu .

Mr. Yousufzai said that due to inaccessibility to the far flung areas, the actual magnitude of loss to the infrastructures, homes and even human lives could not be ascertained.

He said that due to the large scale snow, the local administration was experiencing difficulties in opening the valley roads as there was danger of the fall of boulders and snow avalanches.

He said that two major roads have been opened for vehicular traffic by C&W department which included Chitral-Drosh and Chitral-Booni road while 22 kilometers of Chitral-Garam Chashma road has been cleared of snow debris and work was in progress to open the Mulkhow, Torkhow, Mastuj, Yarkhoon and Laspur roads.

He said that the power supply to the district from the national grid as well as the local hydro power station remained disrupted due to the uprooting of electric poles and smashing of the power cables due to the heavy snowfall.

Lowari tunnel could not be opened for the public transport as the approach roads leading to the tunnel could not be cleared of snow and the snow avalanches.

The flights scheduled of PIA for Thursday has been cancelled due as the runway of the airport was not cleared of snow to make it worthy for landing of the aircraft.

The airport manager, Ubaidullah, however, said that he will be able to clear the runway by Thursday to make it possible for the landing of the flight scheduled for Friday.

Meanwhile, the commodities of daily consumption including food items and medicines have started to run out in the district due to the disconnection of the district from the rest of the country for the last twelve days.

Sajjad Ahmed, nazim of village council Jughoor in Chitral town said that the local market has shortage of flour, rice, pulses and the situation will deteriorate if the district remains cut off any more.

He said that the shortage of medicines including the life saving drugs have also run short in the market.



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