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     July 17,  2015



Heavy rain and flood in Chitral-dozens houses washed away

By Zahiruddin

CHITRAL: Torrential rains continued to play havoc in Chitral and washed away more than twenty houses, three suspension bridges and the infrastructures of road, drinking water and irrigation in different villages.

The flood washed away ten houses and two mosques in Orghoch, five in Reshun, three in Kuragh and two in Charun while one man lost his life in Reshun village.

The torrential flood inundated the hydro-power station of Reshun as a result of which power supply to Mastuj tehsil and some parts of lower Chitral has been suspended as the power station was closed.

Chitral-Booni road was washed away in five different places due to which the passengers heading to their villages on the occasion of Eidul Fitre are facing difficulties.

Chitral-Garum Chashma road was found to be the worst affected as it has been completely washed away in a distance of more than three kilometers as a result of pedestrian route has been closed.

Meanwhile, the member elect of district council Chitral from Lot Koh ward, Muhammad Hussain has demanded of the prime minister and army chief to restore the Garam Chashma road by Engineers corps of Pak Army as it was beyond the capacity of civil administration.

Addressing a press conference here on Friday flanked by the district president of PML-N, Saeed Ahmed Khan, he said that any delay in the restoration of vehicular traffic on the road could inflict a heavy loss of about a billion of rupees as the bumper crop of potato will spoil in the fields.

He said that the farmers of Lot Koh valley derived their sustenance from the crop of potato and beans and the absence of road will disconnect from the national market to which they used to send their produce.

Mr. Hussain said that the magnitude of loss to the road was so high that it was impossible for the communication and works department to restore it and the people of the valley look towards Pak Army.


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