Residents of snowbound Broghil Valley need food, medical supplies

Chitral: Heavy snow fall has hindered mobility of the 2,000 inhabitants of strategically located remote Boroghil valley in Chitral District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

The locals in the remote valley are cut-off from the rest of Chitral due to the heavy snowfall, said Muhkamuddin, a senior journalist based in Chitral. Broghil, 280 km to the northeast of Chitral town, is located an an altitude of almost 10,000 ft near the Pak-Afghan border.

Mohakamuddin, who is a former President of the Chitral Press club, quoted Amin Jan Tajik, Broghil’s Village Councilor, as saying that the people of the remote valley are facing shortage of food supplies and medicines.

The community leader have appealed to the government to send medical teams and food supplies to the valley to help the stranded people.

The valley lacks proper road, electricity and other basic infrastructure. The snow fall has imprisoned the inhabitants with no health facilities and 100% dependency on food stored during summer.

Dried dung of yak and other cattle are used by the locals as fuel for heating and cooking purposes.

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