Rain, floods damage roads, other infrastructures

CHITRAL, July 16: After the torrential rains and flooding in streams and rivers, especially in lower Chitral, roads have been blocked in different points while houses, powerhouses and other infrastructures damaged.
flood jpgPeople coming to their hometowns to celebrate Eidul Fitr were reportedly facing trouble to reach homes.
A massive flood in Charun Gol obstructed the flow of River Yarkhun and was pushing the water level towards the bridge at Charun but there were no reports of any casualties and damages to properties.
The Chitral-Drosh road was blocked near the Drosh town and passengers had to take detours through the Ayun side to reach Chitral and back. The body of a woman and a child who were swept away at Broz were recovered on Thursday.
Floods in the Kuragh Gol damaged a service station along with two hotels. The Chitral-Booni road was also blocked there. A bridge over the river connecting the Kohkir areas has also been swept away.
Reports said after the rains and floods, hydropower houses in a large number of villages were either damaged or their water channels swept away. As a result, the areas were without electricity and drinking water.
The Kalash valleys have also been hit hard by floods and according to reports 15 houses were totally and 10 other partially damaged in Bumburate.
Meanwhile, the people in the affected areas complained that the government had left them in the lurch when they needed help. Addressing a news conference in Chitral, former MNA and Jamaat-e-Islami leader Maulana Abdul Akbar said there would be more damages to public life and property in the region if the irrigation infrastructure was not rehabilitated. He said fruit trees, vegetable fields and maize crop would wither in the absence of irrigation water and thus inflicting a colossal loss on the farmers. He complained the provincial government had left the flood-hit people in the lurch as they’d yet receive relief goods. He asked the government to come to the help of the people in distress.–With reporting by S.N. Peerzada and Munir Hussyn Fatemi

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