Winter season starts, Homeless flood effectees living in tents
CHITRAL: With the fast approaching winter season, the flood
affected people having their houses fully or partially damaged by
the flash floods are finding themselves unprepared to withstand the
harsh and chilly weather during which the temperature tends to
The government has yet to take any decision to construct the 803
numbers of fully damaged and 683 partially damaged houses while the
affected people are living in tents which are quite not suitable to
reside in during the winter season which includes snow falling.
Akhtar Ali of Muzhgole village in Mulkhow said that more than
seventy houses were fully swept away by the flood forcing its
occupants to migrate to the plateau of Kagh Lusht
where tent village has been established.
“The temperature plunges to lower degrees after sundown right now
requiring lighting of fire for heating but it is not possible in
the tents”, he said adding that many children contracted cold
related illness and the situation aggravates with each passing day.
Mr. Ali said that having lost all their belongings to the flash
flood, the villagers are not in a position to reconstruct their
houses without the substantial financial help of the government but
it was no where in sight.
He said that out of the hundred plus affected families of the
village, not a single one is able to start the construction work of
house by their own resources.
Sharif Ahmed of Reshun village had similar story where about two
hundred houses have been damaged during the floods as a result of
which the people are living in tents and are constrained to do so
during the forthcoming winter season.
He regretted that the government is totally indifferent to their
plight which will turn to a complex situation when the winter
season starts during which the people get heat by burning woods and
one cannot lit fire in a tent.
Regarding the estimated expenses on construction of a house of four
rooms with walls made of muddy bricks and roof covered by aluminum
sheets, Engineer Muhammad Naeem working with a private
organization, put it at six lakh rupees.
He said that it will take at least two months for the completion of
a house while the time is running out fast because the snowfall
starts from the early days of the month of December every year
after which construction work is stopped.
He said that although, a Karachi based NGO, has announced to
provide aluminum sheets to the affected people for the construction
of damaged houses, but very few can take advantage of this offer
because every affected family can not afford to carry out the rest
of the construction works.
When an official of district disaster management authority was
contacted to know his version, he said that there was nothing for
the reconstruction of houses either fully damaged or partially but
the affected families are being compensated.
He said that the families having their houses fully damaged will be
paid one lakh rupees and fifty thousand rupees for the partially
damaged houses and the cheques have been received from the
provincial government and are being handed over to them.