Flood disconnects land route in Chitral; People face food shortage


CHITRAL: Due to flood, most valleys of Chitral turn disconnected from land route, and there is no food items in affected areas. The communication and works department has taken no steps for restoration of traffic and rehabilitation of damaged roads.

Main road of Garamchishma, Murdan, Shughor, Karimabad, Hassanabad, Breshgram, Sosum, Koragh, Mastuj, Rumbor, Bumborat Broze, Sheshikoh, Koghuzi etc has been damaged due to flash flood and thousands of people have been trapped in these valleys.

Newly elected member of Tehsil Nazim from Karaimabad Mohammad Ali told this scribe on phone that main link bridge of these valleys has been damaged at Shoghor village as well as some small bridges were also washed away at Breshgram, Karimabad. There is no alternate route to connect this valley to Chitral. He said that there is acute shortage of edible items and people have to travel through peaks of mountain to other valleys to get at least some food items.

He further complained that no officer of district administration had visited the flood-affected valley, and people have been totally ignored by district administration. He appeal to military officers to provide them edible things to save them from starvation.

Some 40 bridges, 45 houses and more than 150 shops as well as 2500-kilometer-long road has been damaged due to flood and land sliding.

There is no electricity, no drinking water, no irrigation water at Chitral since 16th July and people of the entire valley are compelled to bring drinking water from fountain and water wells from far-flung areas. General officer commanding Malakand Division Major General Nadir Khan had visited affected area on first day of flood and he once again visited Chitral.

ISPR staff Swat along with media team from Swat also visited affected areas and provided food items to people. Former Tehsil Nazim Sartaj Ahmad Khan and affected people appreciated efforts of Pakistan Army for providing food items to affected people.

According to a press release by district police officer Majeed Marwat the present series of heavy rain and floods have badly damaged infrastructure like roads, bridges, pipeline of drinking water, as well as irrigation channel, poles of electricity over all the district and the general public are facing great hardships and difficulties. Roads of different valleys are blocked due to land sliding and flood as well as some areas are un-accessible.

District police officer also visited affected areas and took some immediate steps to redress basic grievances of the public. DPO directed all SDPOs, and SHOs to visit all the affected areas in their jurisdictions and provide all possible assistance to the needy people.