Flash floods continues in most part of Chitral- destroyed
CHITRAL: The flash floods devastated seven villages
across the district including Kalash valley of Bumburate known
for scenic beauty here in early hours of Saturday after the
thunder storm and torrential rains that continued for several
Zakuta Kalash from Bumburate valley told Chitral Times on
telephone on Saturday evening that the flood was the worst of
all that had hit the valley in his life time which swept away
twenty four houses, dozens of hotels and shops, a government
high school, three mosques, a Kalash jastakhan (dancing place)
and two micro-hydro power stations.
He said that the suspension bridge of Dubazh at the entrance of
the valley and the road leading to it valley from Ayun village
has been completely washed away leaving no track even for
pedestrians and has totally disconnected it from the rest of the
The hotels destroyed by the flood included the government owned
PTDC hotel which was a magnificent building in the Kalash valley
with a spacious compound but now the place is adorned with only
boulders and debris, he said.
The adjoining Kalash valley Rumbur has also been devastated by
the flood which swept away more than ten homes and the magnitude
of damage is low due to its sparse population, he said.
The flood water discharged by the two Kalash valleys wreaked
havoc in Ayun village where it completely washed away twenty
five homes, four shops, two mosques and the standing crop of
rice and maize in tens of acres of land.
The residents migrated to the nearby Barawosht village situated
in higher altitude while the furious waves of the flood water
intercepted the Chitral River due to which the accumulated pool
of water inundated more than one half of the village for more
than six hours.
The villages of Khot, Shagrama, Ujnu and Muzhgol were hit by the
flood in upper Chitral and devastated the standing crops of
wheat standing on hundreds of acres of land whose reaping season
had just started.
One Nazir Ahemd, a resident of Khot village told Chitral Times
that the floods have also washed away seven numbers of
pedestrian and jeepable suspension bridges, five numbers of
micro hydro power stations, two mosques and a school.
Chitral-Peshawar road is closed for vehicular traffic at Drosh
and Lowari Pass while power supply to the city also stands
suspended as a number of poles have been damaged at Lowari.
Due to the blockage of Chitral-Booni road at three different
places, the relief organizations had to suspend their relief
operations to provide food and other items while the prevalence
of inclement weather throughout the day also obstructed the
flight of helicopter service for relief operations.