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Flood disaster: Chipurson Valley is crying out for help

Gojal: Life has turned into a nightmare for the people of Chipurson Valley, upper Gojal Hunza, as heavy flash floods rammed into several villages, avalanche squeezed life sending the inhabitants into panic.

According to residents, the main bridges were washed away in Chipurson Valley and the link roads to Karakoram Highway  has been blocked at several places.Floodwater has reportedly entered several villages in the Valley, causing heavy damages and blockage in the river has been reported which can endanger lives and infrastructures..

Likewise,other parts of Gilgit-Baltistan, the life in the remote valley of Chipurson Gojal is witnessing severe hardship after the continuous snowfall for more than 48 hours which still continues from time to time. 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 and still land sliding continues at various places. The valley has completely went into darkness due to power supply lines. “Most of villages in the extreme north in the valley have been cut off from the rest of the Gojal,” stated Mirbaz,  resident of  Shatmerg,Chipurson. Lack of fuel and daily use items have increased havoc of life, he further added.

Another resident,Mehboob Gulbasti talking to Mountain Tv mentioned that communication system has entirely been damaged and people are waiting for response from the government and humanitarian organizations. Despite of Chief Minister’s directives, none of the government officials have managed to reach the locals and hear their problems. The valley lacks medical facilities and don’t have any adequate  system to respond to emergency.

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