Death toll reaches 34 in Chitral District caused by the
CHITRAL: The death toll caused by the earthquake on Monday last
rose to 34 which was estimated at 22 on the day of occurrence while
the number of seriously injured was 165 out which three were
removed to Peshawar by helicopters on Tuesday.
District police officer Abbas Majeed Khan Marwat while talking to
Chitral Times put the number of totally collapsed houses at 493 and
partially collapsed at 993 across the district and said that Arandu
was the worst hit area.
Deputy commissioner Osama Ahmed Warraich, however, said that the
district administration has yet to complete the assessment of the
number of damaged houses for which he has constituted ten number of
He said that he got the approach road to the Lowari tunnel opened
for traffic to keep the district connected with the rest of the
rest of the country and also opened the Chitral-Booni road which
was blocked at Kuragh by clearing the heavy debris.
He said that on his request, the Aga Khan Foundation helicopter
removed seven seriously injured persons from Laspur valley to the
hospital in Booni and Chitral while one was sent to Islamabad in
addition to the one who was lifted to Peshawar hospital by the Army
Meanwhile, the affected people in different remote villages of the
district have complained that they have received no aid package
from the government as yet while they have been rendered homeless.
Inayatullah Baig, a resident of Charun Oveer, an isolated village
in upper Chitral, said that his village consisted of 135 households
out of which seventy have been completely damaged and the women and
children are taking refuge in a worship place.
He said that the men folk of the affected houses are left with no
option other than living their nights under the open sky while they
not a single morsel of food while the government has yet to deliver
food package to them.
Mr. Baig apprehended that the situation is going from bad to worse
with each passing moment and a human tragedy can take place as the
people were already suffering from abject poverty and the village
badly lacked basic facilities.
One Muhammad Imran from Aryan Drosh also complained of non-delivery
from the administration and said that no food package or tent was
delivered in his village where most people passed their nights
under the open sky as their homes have collapsed.
“We have also lost all our food items buried under the debris of
the collapsed houses and wait eagerly for food package from the
government as well as the non-governmental organizations but to no
avail”, he said.
Isa Ali, a councilor from Parwak village said that seven houses of
the village were fully damaged but no tent or food package was
delivered to them by the government while it were the villagers who
managed tents for them to where they shifted.
Corps commander Peshawar Lt Gen Hedyatur Rahman visited Chitral on
Tuesday and visited a number of affected villages and also visited
the DHQ hospital where he delivered gifts to the injured on behalf
of Pak Army.
Meanwhile, the NGOs including Al-Khidmat Foundation, Falah Insaniat
Foundation and FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance (an organ of Aga Khan
Foundation) are engaged in providing package in Chitral town.
The earthquake has also destroyed the two water supply schemes of
Golen and Angargoon to Chitral City and its adjacent villages as
the falling boulders have damaged the pipelines while no work on
restoration of the schemes was started on Tuesday despite the fact
that the people are facing acute shortage of the commodity.