Flash flood hit two more villages-Corps Commander Peshawar visit
CHITRAL: More number of villages were hit by the flash flood
here on Tuesday when the torrential rains continued for the seventh
day and washed away a number of homes in Kasset village on Chitral-Garam
Chashma road and Rayeen in Torkhow valley. No casualties were
however, reported from the areas as the locals had migrated to the
No work on rehabilitation work of the infrastructures of roads,
drinking water, irrigation water and hydro power stations seems to
be started within a week as no assessment of
the damages could be made due to the inaccessibility to the
No government department had accurate details about the damages of
the physical infrastructures which included that of public health
engineering, irrigation and district council apart from the
communication and works department when contacted by Chitral Times.
Relief activities were accelerated as food and non-food items were
distributed among the affected people in the areas of Garam Chasham,
Murdan, Orghoch, Kuragh, Kosht, Reshun, Bumburate were carried out
by district administration as well as the Pak Army.
Corps commander Peshawar, Lieutenant General Hidayatur Rahman
visited the affected area of Kuragh and had an aerial view of other
flood hit areas of Garam Chashms and Bumburate while two of the
army helicopters made a number of sorties to provide food packages
in the affected areas.
Due to the closures of roads and collapse of suspension bridges,
the mobility of the people has been the main problem as the people
had to their villages on the occasion of Eidul Fitre and the
government offices will be poorly attended when they will be
reopened on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the information minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mustaq
Ghani has told Chitral Times that the floods were caused by heavy
rains that were going on for past three to four days and fast
melting of glaciers. He said that areas of Upper Chitral, Lotkuh
and Kalash valleys were badly impacted by floods.
To a question about criticism of KP government lackadaisical
response, Ghani said that district administration was engaged in
relief and rehabilitation activities, while secretary Communication
and Works (C&W) department and director general Public Health has
been directed to reach Chitral to oversee damages and relief
He said that government schools were being opened to provide
shelters to the flood affectees. He said that army and Chitral
Scouts troops were helping district administration in relief
activities and chief minister was personally monitoring the
However, the claim of the minister to accommodate the affected
people in government schools could not be corroborated by the
deputy commissioner office as the relevant officials of disaster
management expressed heir ignorance.