Chitral-the hinterlands and relief items
The 2015 brought an uninterrupted series of calamities to Chitral
from Arandu to Boroghi, Durah Pass , Sha Jinalli, Shagrom [Terich]
, The Kalash valleys, Khot to Bashqargol, golen and the main
Chitral valley. The lands and villages lying on the banks of the
rivers were inundated while all kind of crops were washed away
within minutes because of the rapid flow of the river system This
river system had irrigated thousands of lands in the past many year
but when it roared in rage it destroyed the whole built up and
cultivated plots within days and continued to pile sediments on the
plain plots that had fructified in scores of years and in some
cases in centuries such as Green Lasht that was a waste plain land
since time immemorial but when the time of destruction came all its
orchards and houses were carried away like fistful of hay and no
barrier could stop the colossal flood of rock that was
unimaginable. In some affected villages relief was transported by
choppers but most of the valleys remained neglected and ignored as
if they were not part of Chitral or had no right in the relief
items or they were outcasts and not Pakistanis.
In the far flung side valley few survey teams dared to go and no
NGO included those side valleys as part of their relief program..
Many NGOs had made it a point that only those families will receive
relief commodities where a member had died or whose house had
collapsed completely but the partial damages were of no importance
and not in their criteria for compensation. The widows and orphans
were altogether ignored as they could not reach the survey teams.
The local police personnel had also recorded data in the
hinterlands but their Notes were nowhere to be seen. The elected
councilors of the village councils played a hide- and seek game as
it is a well known proverb in Khowar that a frog was in a state of
dilemma saying if ‘ I come to the surface of the pond the crow
attacks me and if I dive long I feel suffocated’.
As far the main road from Chitral to Booni, Mastuj, Shagram is
concerned the FWO made much efforts with poor results. No
satisfactory repair or rehabilitation is visible anywhere in the
above roads and now they have taken rest as if every thing is in
proper condition which has to be inspected and revamped as early as
possible. The refugees from Mulko are still in tents in Qaq Lasht
and rebuilding of their houses has been started inspite of arrival
of winter. This poor performance is highly deplorable and a proof
of apathy of the authorities concerned.