A large portion of the Talus village in the Ghanche district might away been swept away by a flash flood last week, but people there are unwilling to relocate.
Chief Minister Mehdi Shah had earlier hinted at relocation of the villagers, terming the situation there “unfit for residence”.
However, Muhammad Jafar, a senior minister in the Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) government, said that the people would be rehabilitated in the same area. “They don’t want to be relocated, so we will work for their rehabilitation in the same village,” he said.
Meanwhile, the government and non-governmental organisations have increased relief activities for the victims.”A ration for one month has been distributed among the affected people of Talus,” said Jafar.
More than 80 houses in Talus village of Ghanche district were swept away by the flash flood and a 100 more were damaged. At least one person has been reported missing for the past three days.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 5th, 2011.