Thousands of people in the Yarkhun valley of
upper Chitral are facing uintold miseries after the recent rains
and floods but there is no one who can come to their help or
listen to their miseries. All villages have suffered destruction
So many houses were damaged by flash floods and rains in Khruzg
village. Standing crops of wheat were also decomposed and
withered by rains and floodwaters and people of the area are
facing starvation. There is no other source of income for these
people except farming. Women and children are participating in
relief activities on voluntary basis and removing debris of
flood from their houses to enable it for residential purposes.
Across the Yarkhun River, so many orchards of apple and other
fruit trees as well as houses, crops, land, a hydro power
houses, roads and bridges were washed away and damaged by flood
at Yukum village.
Former nazim union council Yarkhun Farman Jaffar told this
scribe that people of this area faced some 90 million loss of
property and the only power house was also damaged which had
been constructed on self help basis.
The main road has been damaged near Power and Bang villages and
there is a deep trench developed in the middle of the road due
to flash floods. Besides,a mosque was also washed away at
Shurkot village situated on the bank of the river while the main
road to Gazain has been totally damaged. There are heavy stones
and big ditches in the middle of road.
More than 27 houses have been damaged by floods at Gazain
village. A local lady said although it is situated some 200
kilometers from Chitral but these days it takes weeks to reach
this area because the people are compelled to travel by feet.
All infrastructures of this area have been damaged and there is
nothing. Women were seen carrying drinking water in pitches on
their heads from very far flung areas.
A number of women complained that they were not provided any
relief goods and the area was facing hunger. Selling of
substandard wheat in government grain godown is another problem
in the area. A large number of people complained that Govt Food
Department was forcing them to purchase expired and substandard
quality of wheat lying there for the last four years.
Another worst hit village is Wasum across the river where roads
and bridges have been damaged
totally by floodwater. There are more than 100 households there
but they have no roads and bridges to go out. People of this
remote and cut off village are compelled to travel by feet for
hours to reach nearest market for purchasing some essential
These people are living on both sides of the river but due to
damage to the bridge cannot reach the houses of their relatives
on the other side.
A large number of people including children, women and ailing
persons were seen crossing a mountainous way on feet situated on
a altitude of thousands of feet from sea level. These people
complained that no relief goods or any support had been provided
to them. Thye demanded immediate construction of their only
bridge and link road. --by GH Farooqi 05
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