Two persons including a woman died in Sheshikoh
CHITRAL: Two persons including a woman more died in snowfall
related incident in Sheshi Koh valley of lower Chitral here on
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
He said that the shortage of medicines including the life saving
drugs have also run short in the market.