Pollutants destroying aquatic life in Chitral river

Published on: 22/05/2018 | Comments: 8 comments 

Dear Sir,
According to a well-placed source, fish are found dead in the river Chitral??in a large number these days.??Those who go fishing say that peculiar spots are glaringly visible on the skin of the dead fish.??They further added that they have found remains of chemicals and emptied bottles of medicines near the river bed, which might have been dumped into the river causing the death of precious marine life.

The River Chitral emanates from Chiantar glacier in the Baroghal valley and passes through numerous hamlets during the course of its journey before entering Afghanistan.??The residents who live in close proximity to the river dump their wastes into it putting the marine life in great jeopardy. Last year, some health workers and Hospital staff were also found red-handed throwing hospital waste into the river.

?It?s obvious from the recent incidence of the death of fish in the river Chitral that the contamination of the river goes on unabated. It is imperative to mention here that the aquatic animals are a source of rich food for the consumers. The increasing pollutants will make them unsafe for human consumption.??The District Administration must take serious action against those who are contaminating the river Chitral with impunity. .. Khalid Pervaiz, Booni Chitral, 22 May 2018

Six die as taxi car plunges into river near Broze village

Published on: 07/03/2018 | Comments: No comments 

Chitral: Six persons lost their lives as a speeding taxi car Toyota (ghogai) lost grip of the road and fell into the river deep down below. The accident happened Wednesday morning ahead of Broze village while going from Chitral to Dir. The four bodies retrieved so far include those of Tanvir of Chumurkhon, Samiur Rehman of Denin, Nizamuddin and his wife of Chew Dok. Two bodies of Mufti Mehmood of Garm chashma and four year son of Nizamuddin have not been recovered yet. .. CN report, 07 Mar 2018.

Mysterious disease kills large number of fish in Chitral River

Published on: 28/11/2017 | Comments: No comments 

?CHITRAL: A mysterious disease has killed a large number of fish in the Chitral River, local people revealed on Monday.

The people living in the villages of Drosh, Kalkatak and Jughoor along the river said that they saw the dead fish floating above the water which was a rare occurrence for them which indicated the outbreak of a disease among the fish.

Sardar Abdur Rahman of Drosh told Dawn that he felt aghast when he noticed a large number of dead fish floating on the water near his house when he was searching for the body of a boy who had drowned in the river.

He said the people never saw in their entire lives such a large number of dead fish in the river.

Mr Rahman said dead fish was found in the downstream villages of Jinjirate, Kalakatak, Mirkhani, Damil, Kauti and Arandu.

He said he had started observing the dead fish on a daily basis and found it continued for months till the advent of winter season.

When contacted, assistant director of fisheries Amin Jan confirmed the prevalence of the disease and said the department had assembled the samples of infected fish from different points in the river from Shoghore to Arandu.

He said the symptoms of the infected fish were lethargy, external hemorrhage at mouth, ventral and near pelvic fins while infected fish tended to rest at banks where the water current was less severe.

Mr Jan said there were 22 local species of fish found in Chitral River, and the specie affected by the disease was known as snow trout.

The fisheries official said it was not a species of trout but snow trout was its pseudo name which had the largest population density in the Chitral River.

The disease may have rendered the species of fish into minority or completed annihilated it.

He said amazingly all the other species of fish were totally safe from the disease, which cannot be given a specific name as it is the combination of symptoms of different known diseases of fish.

Mr Jan said he had approached the higher authorities of his department with the proposal of sending teams of specialists to Chitral to collect samples of different parameters of the environment in the affected areas.

Published in Dawn, November 28th, 2017