Fourteen houses flooded in Orghuch Lasht of Chitral
By: Gul Hamaad Farooqi
CHITRAL, July 06: Flood in river Chitral has caused disaster in remote valley Orghuch Lasht of Chitral. While extreme heat snow on the mountain is melting rapidly, water level in the river has been raised causing for flood which has caused severely damaged the river side population. Fourteen families living on the river bank has come into stubbornness and water is flowing around their homes and their houses are surrounded by water from all sides.
Riverside protective back barrier has been broken due to raising level of water and the water has entered their houses. Talking to our correspondent they told even they know that their lives are in danger and any time largest sweeps can take us because every side from our houses there is water, even if we want to move, where we move? Because we have no shelter from Govt side they added. We have no place to hide ourselves. The administration has provided us one tent without any thing to lay on surface and this tent is insufficient for us we have to rescue ourselves or our cattle or our luggage.
Our correspondent tried to get in into the house to check the water inside the houses but with coldness of water he could not reach inside even local elders stopped him to go inside because the life be in danger. Ex-chairman union council Orghuch told that till now no sound help has been provided by the government and the effectives are waiting for government help. A retired army man while carrying his two kids told that we are residing here since last 30 years , even last year the flood has damaged our houses, standing Crops, cattle but the government is still sleeping to help us.
He further told that we repeatedly requested the administration to build a safety wall on riverside but they turned away their eyes from this public issue and if the government had constructed that in time then today we did not had to see this.
A class 6th student told that they were sleeping in her house but when they woke up in the morning they saw their house is full of water, she further added that they did not have another house that there they take shelter. It is freighted to sleep in house as it is surrounded by water form every side. Even few kids also chanted slogans to rescue them from flood. They complained of the elected representatives that they did not come even after three days passed. The victims said that they demanded the government to construct safety wall on river side that in coming days they be safe from flood and its damages.