Flash-floods forced the labour to leave Chitral for earn
CHITRAL: The devastating flash floods in the length and
breadth of Chitral this summer has caused more outflow of unskilled
labour from Chitral villages than the preceding years to leave for
the down districts to earn livelihood.
The unprecedented multitude of Peshawar-bound passengers in Chitral
city is corroborated by one of the managers of the city bus stand
Noor Daraz who said that the number is more than three times than
the last year.
He said that normally, five to seven flying coaches left from the
stand on daily basis while it has increased to twenty plus during
the past couple of weeks while the management of the stand faces
shortage of vehicles to accommodate more number.
He said that a good number of passengers also traveled to upper Dir
by land cruiser jeeps, taxi cars and private vehicles.
The unemployed youth folk in Chitral left for Peshawar and other
cities of the country with the advent of winter season as the means
of employment is very limited in Chitral and the work on
construction sites also stood suspended due to the harsh weather
rendering the labouers jobless.
As per survey conducted by a non-governmental organization some
years ago in one of the union councils of upper Chitral, more than
eighty percent of the unemployed youth left the villages for down
district to seek employment in construction works and return in the
end of spring season when they are needed here for farming works on
Mazhar Ali, working on poverty alleviation project with an NGO,
fifty percent households derived their source of income by sending
one or more of its male members to the down country in the winter
season as the means of employment in the area is very limited.
He said that the widespread flash floods have weakened the already
staggering financial position of the villagers worse than before
leaving them with no option other than sending their unemployed
youth to the major cities.
“They can not rely on a bag of wheat flour and rice with a tin of
rice doled out by NGOs for their sustenance while they have also
their agricultural products which has also adversely affected the
livestock due to the unavailability of forage”, he said.