Child dies as roof caves in

CHITRAL (APP): A child was killed when the roof of a house collapsed due to floods resulting from the torrential rains at Mori Lasht village here on Tuesday.

According to details, the roof of a dilapidated house caved in due to heavy rain trapping four year old Sharifuddin in the rubble.

After hectic efforts locals retrieved the body but the child had died of suffocation and multiple injuries. The other family members miraculously survived in the incident.

5 killed in Chitral road accident

CHITRAL (INP): At least five persons killed and four others injured when a jeep plunged into deep ravine in mountainous area here on Tuesday. According to details, a jeep with 10 persons on board, traveling from Chitral city to Tirich skidded off the road and fell into a ravine in Mastuj area. Five people were killed on the spot in the accident and four other sustained wounds. The local people on self help basis shifted the injured to Shahgiram hospital. It should be mentioned that such incidents are frequent in northern areas of Pakistan due to difficult terrains and poor condition of roads.

Relief goods dispatched to flood affectees of Chitral

F.P. Report

LAHORE: Punjab government has sent first consignment consisting of 23 trucks of relief items to the flood affectees of Chitral while more assistance will be provided if required. Talking to media on the occasion of dispatch of relief goods, here today, Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif said that the government is with the affected people in this hour of trial and besides undertaking relief activities in Punjab, the first consignment, comprising 23 trucks of relief goods including blankets, tents, ration packets and medicines, is being sent to the flood hit people of Chitral.

He said that Khyber Pakhtoonkhawa government has also been offered all out cooperation for the help and assistance of the calamity-hit people. Regarding flood situation, the Chief Minister said that relief activities are in full swing in the flood affected areas and provincial ministers and secretaries has been assigned responsibilities in the calamity stricken areas while he is also supervising relief and rehabilitation work.

Replying to a question regarding floodwater in Garh Maharaja, the Chief Minister said that Peoples Party government made extremely poor planning for construction of a bridge on River Chenab as no protective spur was built near Garh Maharaja. He said that a special inquiry committee has been set up to fix responsibility for poor planning by NHA and identify the persons responsible. He said that Punjab government has taken immediate measures for the protection of Garh Maharaja and it is hoped that positive results will be achieved.

He said that flood affected people have been shifted to safer places and are being provided food and necessary facilities. He said that relief teams are working round the clock in Sialkot, Narowal, Badomalhi and other affected areas. He said that due to flood at Head Marala 80 villages of Bajwat were cut off from other areas but the breach has been plugged and light traffic is moving.

He said that relief camps have also been established in Sialkot and besides provision of transport facility, food and medicines are also been given. He said that elected representatives and administration is fully mobilized in the area. Replying to a query, the Chief Minister said that it is not possible at present to judge the volume of the current flood and compare it with that of 2010 and its scale will be determined after a complete survey.

 

Chitral flood victims await govt help

FP MONITORING DESK

CHITRAL – Floods victims are facing severe difficulties and they have appealed to the government to expedite relief activities in the affected areas.

 

On the other hand, a private relief organization distributed ration among 32 affected families.

Hundreds of houses have been badly affected due to flood in Chitral. According to details, 364 homes were badly damaged in Rushoon while some 35 homes were affected in Rul.

 

The flood also wreaked havoc in Kailash Valley, Derwesh, Jaghoor and adjoining area.

Irrigation pipelines, agricultural land and livestock were also lost or damaged due to the heavy rain and flooding. Expensive logs of wood were swept away in the current of the flood.

Clean drinking water was also affected as the flood water reached the springs used for drinking.

Due to flooding in the Aiwan Nala, roads going towards the Kailash Valley have been closed off.

As the monsoons creep across the Northern parts of Pakistan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and the tribal belt in particular have flet the full force of the season.

Earlier on August 2, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took notice of the recent flood situation in Chitral and other areas and directed the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA)to cooperate with the provincial government.

(Local TV)

 

Self inflicted havoc

This is just the beginning of the monsoon and river Chitral is already in high flood. Kabul, Swat, Haro and Soan rivers are not far behind. Rawal Dam is about to overflow, its spillway has been opened, flooding Korang river.

The waters of both Korang and Leh are ending up in Soan river which itself is ending up in the Indus just short of the Kalabagh site.

Guess where all this flood water is headed for. Can any dam on the Indus trap this flood water? Do the politicians in Sindh know this. Do the people who bear the brunt know this? We need to find out answer to this question.

Engr Khurshid Anwer

 

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