Sever intensity earthquake hit Chitral-death toll reaches 22
CHITRAL: Twenty two persons died and about one hundred
earthquake of severe intensity hit the area on Monday afternoon
while the number of the dead may increase as the news are pouring
in from different parts of the district.
Police control room put the figure of dead at 19 while filing of
this report which included6 in the jurisdiction of Drosh, 4 from
Chitral and Koghuzi police stations each, 3 in the area of police
station Lot Koh, 2 each in the jurisdiction Booni and Mastuj and
one in Kalash valley of Rumbur.
The sources in the DHQ hospital said that the number of injured was
165 but it was increasing sharply as the injured were being removed
to the hospital from different parts of the district while three of
the injured were shifted to Peshawar in precarious condition
The Tehsil hospitals of Booni and Drosh have received 75 and 84
injured respectively so far while a large number of injured were
also received at tehsil hospitals of Garam Chashma and Shargram.
The number of muddy houses collapsing after the quake has been
estimated at more than two hundred, says the regional program
manager of FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance, an organization of Aga
Khan Foundation, Amir Muhammad.
He said that as the jolting continued for more than three minutes,
the people left the houses for safer places due to which the number
of casualties is lesser than expected but it did increase the
number of homeless people.
It is pertinent to note that more than 1500 people had already been
rendered homeless by the flash flood that had hit the district in
July last and had wreaked havoc with the physical infrastructures
in large scale.
The land sliding as a result of the quake in Kuragh has blocked the
Chitral-Booni road while the land sliding in Awi Lusht has closed
the Booni-Mastuj road while the Chitral-Garam Chashma road remained
intact for vehicular traffic.
The bazaar wore a deserted look soon after the jolting as the
people rushed to their homes to enquire about the well being of
their near and dear ones while the disappearance of the signals of
cell phones embarrassed the people who failed to establish contact
with their families.
Regarding the relief operations, deputy commissioner Chitral, Osama
Ahmed Warraich told Chitral Times that assessment was being
made on emergency basis in all the major affected areas and food
and non-food items will be dispatched by early Tuesday.
He said that a complete and comprehensive report about the damages
of private properties and physical infrastructures will be compiled
shortly to assess the overall loss caused by the quake.
(caption of the attached pix: A man stands in front his house
collapsed due to the quake)