Chi­tral flood ....

Pakistan Observer - - OPIN­ION -

trict, where flash floods swept away their homes with­out warn­ing.

But on Mon­day of­fi­cials said there had been du­pli­ca­tion in the death count, re­vis­ing the Chi­tral toll down to 29. They also said two more lo­cal work­ers had died along­side the Chi­nese en­gi­neers at the dam con­struc­tion site, bring­ing the to­tal toll across the prov­ince to 33.

Thir­teen peo­ple are still miss­ing in Chi­tral, said the district’s deputy com­mis­sioner Usama Waraich, adding that author­i­ties were evac­u­at­ing some res­i­dents with more rain fore­cast Mon­day.

Dozens of homes in the vil­lage of Ur­soon in Chi­tral were dam­aged in the floods with the army say­ing Mon­day five of them were com­pletely swept away. The re­mote vil­lage had re­ceived no evac­u­a­tion warn­ing. The mil­i­tary said it was fly­ing in med­i­cal aid, tents and food to Ur­soon by he­li­copter Mon­day. Afghan author­i­ties also said they had re­cov­ered 13 bod­ies, in­clud­ing of eight Pak­istani sol­diers, which had been swept over the bor­der from Chi­tral into Afghanistan. “We found the bod­ies yes­ter­day and they were handed over to the Pak­istani author­i­ties,” Eh­san­ul­lah Fazal, head of the public health hospi­tal in Afghanistan’s Ku­nar prov­ince said.

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