Two suspension bridges near the Arkari village in the Garam Chashma area of Chitral were swept away by a glacial lake outburst flood (GLOF) on Thursday.
GLOFs are sudden events, which can release millions of cubic metres of water and debris, leading to loss of lives, property and livelihoods among remote and impoverished mountain communities.
The Provincial Disaster Management Authority of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa confirmed the development, adding that teams have been dispatched to the area to help locals who used the bridges to cross a storm drain flowing underneath.
Chitral PDMA focal person Rasheed Khan told media that so far no loss of life or damage to any other infrastructure has been reported. The floods, however, damaged wheat and other fruit crops in the area, he added.
The PDMA, Khan went on, has been in constant contact with the district administration and was monitoring the situation in the area.
Separately, in a statement, PDMA DG Sharif Hussain said that the control room in the area is fully operational. “Residents can call on our helpline 1700 in case of any emergency or untoward incident,” he added.