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In photos: Chitral residents beat summer heat with glacier ice

By Alamgir Khan


Chitral residents break off glacier ice on July 1. [Alamgir Khan]

Chitral residents break off glacier ice on July 1. [Alamgir Khan]


A Chitral resident helps another to carry a block of ice on July 1. [Alamgir Khan]

A Chitral resident helps another to carry a block of ice on July 1. [Alamgir Khan]


A Chitral resident carries ice from a glacier July 1. [Alamgir Khan]

A Chitral resident carries ice from a glacier July 1. [Alamgir Khan]


A Chitral resident carries glacier ice on his back on July 1. [Alamgir Khan]

A Chitral resident carries glacier ice on his back on July 1. [Alamgir Khan]


Chitral truck drivers load blocks of glacier ice on July 1. [Alamgir Khan]

Chitral truck drivers load blocks of glacier ice on July 1. [Alamgir Khan]


Chitral residents carry blocks of glacier ice from a mountaintop to the Chitral bazaar July 1. [Alamgir Khan]

Chitral residents carry blocks of glacier ice from a mountaintop to the Chitral bazaar July 1. [Alamgir Khan]


Chitral residents sell glacier ice July 1 in the Chitral bazaar. [Alamgir Khan]

Chitral residents sell glacier ice July 1 in the Chitral bazaar. [Alamgir Khan]

CHITRAL -- Residents of Chitral District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, are using an antique solution for cooling as long power outages render electric refrigerators useless.

"Because of 10- to 16-hour-long power outages in Chitral District, refrigerators can't make ice," Ibad Shah, a resident of Chitral, told Pakistan Forward.

Instead, residents rely on glacier ice brought to the Chitral bazaar.


Chitral residents extract ice from a glacier on July 1. [Alamgir Khan]

Chitral residents extract ice from a glacier on July 1. [Alamgir Khan]

"We buy glacier ice in the market brought by local truck drivers from the mountaintops," Shah said.

"It is a profitable business for us in the summer," said truck driver Khyal Said.

"We make between Rs. 3,000-4,000 ($19-$25) a day," he said.

With the return of peace and security, thousands of tourists visited Chitral and other valleys of Malakand Division for Eid earlier this year.

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