By Mr. Sahib Hayat Chairman CLSO and Mr. Rozi Bai director CLSO
Heavy flash floods rammed into several villages of Chipursan Valley on Aug. 3, sending the inhabitants into panic.
Chipursan, which consists of eleven small villages, has a population of about 5,000. The flooding battered almost all of the villages, blocking the River Chipursan and inundating crops, plants and cultivable land.
Chipursan is situated in the extreme northwestern region of Gilgit-Baltistan. Having boundaries with Afghanistan and being in close proximity to Central Asia, the region holds strategic position.
Increase in the river water caused erosion of land at several locations in addition to corroding 1,000 feet of the road connecting the valley with the downstream regions at different locations.
People of Chipursan have lost contact with rest of the region. This has led to food shortage in the valley, triggering the risk of famine. Irrigation channels, suspension bridges, and sources of drinking water have been completely destroyed.
Meanwhile, no action from the local government is in sight. If the government fails to take immediate action to reconstruct the roads, repair the water channels and provide immediate assistance to the population, a famine is not so far.
Anybody wanting to help the people of Chipursan can contact the Chipursan Local Support Organization office holders at the following numbers;
Sahib Hayat 03555650395
Rozi Bai 03555328328