Come summer, mountain glacier area problems bloom in Chitral

Chitral: While flowers bloom in the month of April and May and even till mid-June, any one visiting Chitral during this time goes back with the impression as if it is a heaven on earth. But as soon as July approaches it brings with itself the problems of a mountain area with glacial streams and rivers. Sudden bursts of flash floods scare the hell out of not only visitors? but even the locals.

The glacial burst in Golen valley recently is a fresh example of how anything of this sort can happen any time. Some years back the beautiful valley of Sonoghar was almost wiped out by the glacier on which it rested for centuries, slipping under it. Breakdown of roads, water channels and pipelines are but some commonly faced problems during the months of July and August in the whole of Chitral district.

Glacier bursts in Golen valley; warning of more floods

The restoration of such facilities eats up much budget and little is left for Chitral to use in development. A serious and extensive study of the climatic effects on the infrastructure in the months of July and August particularly, be carried out and solid measures be taken to check the goosebumps Chitralis get? at these times. Temporary and superficial repair works which are usually the methodology have not and will not work in the long run, as we are experiencing every year. .. CN report, 29 Jul 2019

This is a common problem with all mountain areas. Recent floods in Kaghan, Gilgit etc are equally bad as Chitral. The government should think out of the box and improvise scientific transportation system suiting the area like cable cars etc instead of perpetual grappling with the ever floody rivers and ever eroding mountains. .. Muhammad Kaleem, 31 Jul 2019

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