Army carry out relief operation for snow slide affected peoples

NA offers Fateha for victims of rain, snow related incidents

Islamabad

National Assembly Monday offered Fateha (Prayer) for the victims of rain and snow related incidents in Chitral, Afghanistan and eminent writer Bano Qudsia. Maulana Qamarur Din led the Fateha on the request of Speaker Sardar Ayaz Sadiq. They prayed Allah Almighty to rest the departed souls in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved families to bear this irreparable loss with equanimity.
Meanwhile it is reported that on directions of Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa Pakistan Army on Monday initiated air relief operation for the affected peoples of snow slides in different areas of Chitral.
According to Inter services Public relations (ISPR), ‘On directions of COAS, Army helicopters delivered relief items including ration, coal stoves, blankets, and medicines for people of snow slide affected village.’
The helicopters provided relief goods in village Sher Shal while Commandant Chitral Scouts Col. Nazim has been supervising the transportation of relief assistance. The COAS had directed to provide all assistance to the local administration in their relief efforts.
Although snowfall in upper parts of country has stopped but people are still facing difficulties Monday due to road blockade caused by the snow. Locals have been limited to their homes in Ghanche because of intense snowfall, and its connection to other cities was also cut off with the rest of the region, private news channel reported.
It further reported that electricity is suspended in the area because electric poles have fallen. Life in Skardu (Gilgit Baltistan) is also become difficult due to record breaking snowfall. Two bridges over River Ravi as well as two houses have been destroyed due to heavy snow fall.
The rescue operation that was started yesterday after an avalanche struck Chitral’s village Sher Shal in Garam Chashma Tehsil has been completed. The avalanche destroyed more than twenty houses. Rescue teams have recovered two people alive, and ten dead bodied.
Moreover, there is shortage of medicines in hospitals and the area is facing load shedding that is causing trouble for people. Links roads are still blocked in the affected area after snowfall, the private TV channel reported.—APP

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