Flood devastation in Chitral: No rehabilitation activities started by district administration at Chitral
By: Gul Hamaad Farooqi |SOST TODAY
CHITRAL: Due tremendous flood most valleys of Chitral disconnected via land route and there is no food item in affected areas. Hence there is no activities by communication and works (C&W) department for restoration of traffic and rehabilitation of damages 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 besieged in these valleys.
Newly elected member of Tehsil Nazim from Karaimabad Muhammad Ali told to this scribe on pone 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 things and people of the area travel through peaks of mountain to other valleys to get at least some food items.
He further complained that no officer of district administration has visited this affected valley and we were 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 kilometers 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. Hence performance of Pesco (Wapda), C&W, Public Health engineering Water and Sanitation Unit and other departments remain very poor who frustrated affected people.
General officer commanding Malakand Division Major General Nadir Khan had visited affected area on first day of flood and he once again visited Chitral. as well as food items contain on sugar, flour, tea, cooking oil, pulses are being distributing among the affected people of flood through military helicopters.
ISPR staff Swat along with media team from Swat also visited affected areas of flood who also provided food items to people of flood hit areas. Former Tehsil Nazim Sartaj Ahmad Khan and affected people thanked and also appreciated efforts of Pakistan Army who contributing meritoriously 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, SHOs to visit all the affected areas in their jurisdictions and to provide all possible assistance to the needy people.