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     July 20,  2015



Torrential rains and flood washed away roads, drinking water schemes and houses

By Zahiruddin

The flash floods as a result of intermittent torrential rains for the last five days has caused innumerable hardships and inconvenience for the locals as they are bereaved of the facilities of road, drinking water, electricity who have been left confined to their respective valleys as roads and bridges have been washed away.

The central part of Chitral has been cut off from Mastuj sub division and Garam Chashma valleys as the roads leading to these areas have been washed away by flood water in Kuragh and Shahsha respectively and due to the colossal loss of the damage the restoration of the roads is not possible before two weeks time.

The people of the area have made frantic appeals to the federal government to entrust the restoration work to the Army Engineer’s Corps as it was beyond the capacity of the provincial government department of C&W.

As per data available with district administration, roads leading to more than twenty valleys valleys (out of 36) have been closed including Sheshi Koh, Bumburate, Birir, Rumbur, Garam Chashma, Karimabad, Gobor, Yarkhoon, Laspure, Oveer, Melp, Rech, Khot.

Ten numbers of suspension bridges for the light and heavy traffic have been washed away including that of two each in Broze and Rech villages, one each in Kuragh, Kosht, Booni Gol, Awi Gol, Baroghil road and Osiak Drosh.

As per the data, almost eighty percent drinking water supply schemes have been affected directly or indirectly due to which clean and safe drinking water is not available leaving the people with contaminated water.

The roads, bridges, hotels and three numbers of micro hydel power stations have also been washed away by flood in Bumburate valley which is one of the worst affected areas.

All the main power houses including Reshun ( 4 MW), Chitral city (1 MW) and Ayun have been inundated with flood water and their power channels have been swept away by water while the micro- hydro power stations in the length and breadth of Chitral stood closed due to floods affecting their power channels.
The district is without electricity for the last six days as poles in a number of places have been fallen either by river water or flood disconnecting the district from the national grid.

The absence of roads and bridges have made the mobility of the people confining to their villages on the occasion of Eid and no patient can be removed to the hospital in Chitral city from any remote part of the district.

The shortage of food is also impeding in the remote areas in the absence of any replenishment as the reopening of the road will take three to four weeks.

Meanwhile, in a press release issue by Provincial Disaster Management Authority, the Secretary Relief and Rehabilitation Authority and Director General PDMA directed Deputy Commissioner Chitral to declare emergency in Chitral .
DG PDMA has also directed Deputy Commissioner Chitral to take to call on duty all line departments including revenue, C & W, Irrigation department, PHE, Health and Education to assist District Administration in relief and restoration activities.

Available machineries and manpower has been deployed for temporary opening of suspended traffic by the C&W Department Chitral and Army engineering Corp has been requested to provide heavy machinery for the rehabilitation and restoration of the damaged roads of Bamburate and Sub-Division Mastuj, the press release says.

In another development on Monday, Pak Army and Frontier Corps undertook relief operations in the affected areas of Chitral in which two army helicopters are engaged who distributed 8 tons of food items among the stranded people.
As per ISPR press release, more 50 persons were rescued during the operation while relief work is being carried out in the villages of Garam Chashma, Murdan, Shoghore, Mastuj, Kuragh, Orghoch and Bumburate.



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