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    Nuristan receives snowfall


    JALALABAD (PAN): The snow has begun falling over the past two days in central and eastern parts of Nuristan province, officials and residents said on Wednesday.

    A foot of snow had fallen in a number of villages on the outskirts of Paroon, the provincial capital, Governor Jamaluddin Badr told Pajhwok Afghan News over the telephone.

    Snowfall, hailstorm and severe cold had been recorded in the Barg-i-Matal district during the past two days, said the governor, who feared the maize crop might be damaged and wheat sowing delayed.

    Badr said residents of the Gharni Nuristan Dabar area, relying on livestock and agriculture, had started leaving their homes due to severe cold weather conditions.

    Provincial council acting head, Dr. Shamsuddin, said life had come to a standstill in snow-hit areas. He believed the snow had started falling this year much earlier, increasing prices of daily-use items.

    A 50-kilogram flour bag accounted for 3,000 afghanis in Paroon and nearby areas, he said, adding the rates of food items brought from Jalalabad and Asadabad had doubled.

    Shamsuddin warned of a humanitarian crisis if the government and the international community did not provide the affected areas with food aid immediately.

    The Nangarhar environment protection department head, Eng. Shah Mahmood, said the planet was witnessing a climate change, affecting weather patterns.

    The only unpaved road leading to Nuristan has been under the control of the Taliban over the past two years. As a result, the prices of essential items have soared.