Islamabad/Chitral: The Chitral district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhawa province, located in the close proximity of Afghanistan, has been devastated by the 7.7 magnitude earthquake.
The Deputy Commissioner of Chitral, quoting hospital sources, has put the death toll at 28, adding that more than 200 people have sustained medium to severe injuries in earthquake triggered disasters across the mountainous district.
Other sources claim that the death toll is much higher. There are reports that 23 people have died in Chitral town only. Bashir Hussain Azad, a local journalist, believes that at least 37 people have been killed in Chitral district.
“Information from the remote corners of the valley, including Boroghil Valley might take time to reach the authorities”, said Saleem, a university student, while talking to Pamir Times. “Roads across the district have been blocked and most of the villages are also not covered through cellular networks.”, he added. He said that the scale of destruction will be clear within a day or two.
It is pertinent to note that Chitral, located in the Hindukush range, has been declared among the most earthquake prone district of Pakistan by several studies in the past.