Power and water shortages in Bajaur district

On Wednesday, the people of the Bajaur district complained that the majority of the areas within this region, including Khar (the district headquarters), have not had any electricity since Monday morning’s heavy rains and the resulting faults in the transmission lines. The Tribal Electric Supply Company (Tesco) is yet to repair and restore.

According to Fazal Rahman from Sadiqabad town,“Electricity supply was suspended to most areas of the district when the recent spell of rain started on Monday.”

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Furthermore, a social activist from Khar, Asadullah Khan said that“the Tesco officials have not even bothered to restore power supply to the district headquarters, what to talk of other areas.”

Besides a shortage of electricity, there is also a water shortage in this area with dormant solar-power-run schemes due to the rains.

Shah Wali Khan from the Mamond tehsil explained that “though people in majority areas of the district are using solar-power to run water supply schemes, they did not function during the rain, causing water shortage.”

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Tesco officials have been asked to resolve the faults immediately and, according to one of them, these are due to the heavy rain and thunderstorms. He said that these faults were being repaired to bring power supply back to the areas as soon as possible.

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