CHITRAL: Though government agencies and the military claim that they are on their toes to provide relief to the snow-affected people, a majority of the residents are facing numerous issues in far-off areas of the valley.
Even the district administration on Wednesday acknowledged that due to the blockade of roads, the extent of damages to the private and public properties could not be ascertained as accessibility was not possible to most of he snow-hit villages.
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The residents are facing an acute shortage of food items, fuel, firewood, drinking water and essential medicines while scant stocks available with them were running out. There were also reports that seasonal diseases were spreading in many areas where medical treatment was already non-existent and the patients could not be taken to any hospital in the Booni, Mastuj towns or the Chitral city due to the blocked roads.
There is an urgent need for the government to open all the main and link roads on a priority basis without which all the sub-valleys could be facing a huge crisis.
Moreover, thousands of people are still stranded in Chitral town, Dir, Peshawar, Islamabad and other areas. Even scores of people could not reach their destinations within Chitral even after a week.
The elected representatives of Chitral have been demanding C-130 flights to Chitral but the government did not pay any heed to it.