One Killed, Two Injured As Avalanche Hit Village In Chitral


By Gul Hamad Farooqi

CHITRAL: One person was killed and two other sustained injuries when an avalanche set off by heavy snowfall slammed into the Suraj Bala village in Reech valley of Chitral in morning.
Former Nazim of the Union Council Khot, Imran Ali Shah said that a snow avalanche hit Khot village in Reech valley. He said that Nazak Wali Shah was killed and other people identified as Azam Khan and Qurban Sharif sustained injuries who were retrieved by local volunteers from the snow.
Zafarullah a social worker of Terich Mir valley said that large number of wheat bags were wasted when roof of a warehouse collapsed in Zondgram village of Terich valley. He said that all the main roads and link roads remain closed due to heavy snowfall and land sliding in the valley. He said that roads blockage has caused food shortage in the area.
Meanwhile, snowfall continued in Yarkhoon Lasht and Kankhoon valley since last night blocking all the roads in the area. Rain fall has increased miseries of local people in other areas of Chitral.
Muhammad Ilyas Nazim of union council Kan Khon told this scribe on phone that continue snowfall caused of nuisance for people of the area. He said that there is acute shortage of edible things as well as life saving drugs in the area.
Mir Rahim president of Brep cluster and president of APML Mastuj chapter told on phone that more than 4 feet snow received at upper Chitral from Zhopu to Broghul.
He said that there is acute shortage of wheat in warehouses and all roads of the valley are block due to snowfall and landsliding at different places.
He appeal to Federal and Provincial government for supplying of food items, medicines for besieged people of the valley through helicopter. He also demanded for early opening of roads of Zhopu, Brep, Kankhon, Yarkhun Lasht and Broghul so as to save the people from starvation.