Gilgit: Continuous rainfall and snow has adversely affected lives of people at various districts in Gilgit-Baltisan. It has been reported that more than 12 people have died across GB due to disastrous rainfall. Roads have been blocked at several places including KKH connecting Gilgit-Rawalpindi. Many people have been stranded in valleys where communication is not operational at all. Diamer,Gilgit. Hunza and several villages in Baltistan have got huge infrastructure damages. Electricity service has been lost in different valleys and villages and most of the villages have gone into darkness. The voluble water utterly demolished the KKH and link roads. Yet again, hundreds of passengers were left stranded on both sides of the blocked highways and more are stranded in valleys. However, local volunteers and boy scouts were seen making way for the passengers to pass the blockade. At several places water flow has been noted to frequently change its course towards the villages, prompting the local people to take urgent, safety measures on self-help basis.The government has ordered for closure of schools for immediate safety purpose.
Likewise,other parts of Gilgit-Baltistan, the life in the remote valley of Chipurson Gojal is witnessing severe hardship after the continuous snowfall for the last thirty hours. The valley is surrounded by gigantic mountains and glaciers, and flood is posing threat to the valley inhabitants. Locals have reported that the harsh weather and storm has destroyed infrastructures, in particular road access to the valley has cut off from rest of the region. The valley has completely went into darkness due to cut off electricity. “Most of villages in the extreme north in the valley have been cut off from the rest of the Gojal,” stated Mirbaz from the village Shatmerg,Chipurson. Lack of fuel and daily use items have increased havoc of life, he further added.
The people of Gilgit-Baltistan have appealed to local and federal government to take immediate measures for the safety of people . It has been urged that NGOs should play a vital role in the critical situation, where hundreds of lives are in danger.