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