CHITRAL: About week after flash floods blocked the main Chitral-Mastuj road at Reshun, the deputy commissioner of Upper Chitral said a steel bridge was on way and will reach Reshun in two days to restore traffic.
The RCC bridge constructed over the nullah at Reshun in 2018 at a cost of Rs40 million was washed away by flash floods on August 26.
The floods also damaged over 30 houses along with a 200 kv powerhouse and drinking and irrigation water supply lines of the village, comprising over 200 houses.
As the water level in the stream at Reshun is still high due to intermittent rain people travelling between Lower and Upper Chitral are stranded and suffering the most.
Upper Chitral’s DC Shah Saud said the steel bridge was on way to the village and would be installed to restore traffic within two days. He said tankers from the TMA Lower Chitral have been requisitioned for supply of during water to the residents.
Moreover, an assessment was still being made about damages while food packages would be provided to the affected people most of whom are staying with their relatives.
The DC also said the verification process was underway and after its completion compensation cheques would be given to the flood-affected people. He said the district administration was making all possible efforts to help in the rehabilitation of the affected people.
But local people told ChitralToday that for the last about a week the affected people in the flood-hit Reshun and other areas were waiting for any help from the administration. The affected people have been provided some tents and food items by volunteers and NGOs.
The continuous rain after the floods has added to the suffering of the affected people as they have no proper shelter and other facilities and most of them are living under the open sky.–Muhkam Uddin Ayuni