RESHUN: A large number of people here on Thursday held a protest against government’s failure to come to the assistance of the flood-affected people even after eight days, ChitralToday correspondent reported.
Led by Mr Bahadar Jang, the protesters gave the government till September 10 to start rehabilitation work in the flood-devastated area.
The protesters said affected people were living under the open sky without any help from the government and there was no drinking water and electricity in the whole village.
Moreover, irrigation water supply lines have also been damaged and each and every house in the village is suffering.
They said since the flash floods brought destruction in the village, the government departments and elected public reprentatives have not come to their help.
They thanked volunteers for helping the villagers in coping with the post-flood situation.
The Aug 26th floods also washed away the RCC bridge cutting off links between Lower and Upper Chitral. Commuters are facing hardship and even women and elderly people were forced to cross the stream on foot and the water level in the nullah is still high due to continuous rain.
The protesters regretted that even after eight days the government has failed to provide relief items to the displaced people and start work to rehabilitate the damaged houses, roads and water supply lines.
They said the river was also flooding and continued cutting private land and a portion of the Chitral-Mastuj road was at the danger of being damaged in the south of Reshun.
The protesters gave the deadline of Sept 10 and asked the government to start rehabilitating the damaged water supply lines, a 200 kv powerhouse and houses.
They also asked the government to arrange a temporary bridge over the stream and reconstruct the damaged road to restore traffic between Upper and Lower Chitral.
If the government failed to meet these demands, the protesters said, the people of the whole area would launch a protest movement and the government would be held for any untoward situation.–Sher Afgan Raza