BOONI: Almost 75 per cent of Brep village in Upper Chitral has been buried under debris of floods since 2007 and the affected people remain homeless. Most of them are now forced to live in tents in the flooded land.
Though no steps have so far been taken to rehabilitate the homeless, private organizations and individual philanthropists continue taking care of the families.
In a press statement, Biyar Local Support Organization (BLSO) on Monday said it distributed Rs10,000 cash among each of the 67 most deserving flood-affected families in Brep with the help from Bob Schlegel through Dastagir Nawaz Khan of Chapali, who lives in Canada.
Before distribution of the cash, BLSO contacted Brep village council chairman Musa Nabi to provide a list of the most vulnerable flood-affected families.
Dastagir Nawaz’s parents were also present and distributed the cash among the families.
Speaking on the occasion, the VC chairman said due to heavy flood a huge number of families had been affected in the area. It is not possible to provide assistance to all the affected people at one time and initially the most vulnerable were provided with the assistance subject to the availability of resources.
He thanked Bob Schlegel, Mr Nawaz and his whole family and hoped that the assistance will continue in future to help more of the flood victims.
Sardar Nawaz said he will contact the government and donor agencies once he gets back to Canada and tell them about the destruction caused by floods in the area.
The BLSO manager praised the efforts of Mr Dastagir Nawaz and called upon other Chitrali philanthropists and well-off people to come forward and help the flood affected people of Brep.