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     July 22,  2015



Flash flood hit two more villages-Corps Commander Peshawar visit Chitral

By Zahiruddin

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 safer places.

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 affected areas.

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 activities.

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 situation

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.



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