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    Relief goods distributed to drought-hit families

    BAMYAN CITY (PAN): Food items and animal feed were distributed to residents of the Shahristan district in central Daikundi province, where an ongoing drought has destroyed 60 percent of corps, officials said on Thursday.

    The relief items included 260 tonnes of wheat, 33 tonnes of rice, and 84 tonnes of animal feed, Rustam Ali Panahi, the district chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News.

    He said the aid was distributed to 1300 families on the basis of an assessment report provided by the agriculture ministry.

    Panahi said each family received seven kilograms of wheat worth $4 (200 afs) and the same amount of animal feed costing 140-120 afghanis. Residents have complained about soaring prices of food items in the district.

    The official linked increasing prices of daily use items to the closure of roads by snowfall.

    The district chief said more than 60 percent of harvests had destroyed in the district by the drought and only eight percent of the affected families could be provided the relief supplies.

    Shahristan having an estimated population of 16,000 families is located 40 kilometers from the capital city, Neli.

    Ghulam Nabi, a tribal elder, said most of residents lacked food, fearing the famine could spread to the entire area if further relief supplies did not reach the starving population.

    He said 95pc of the district residents were associated to farming which required assistances.

    The Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) had promised aid for another 1200 affected families in the district.   

    Nabi Azad, the emergency branch chief of NCA,  said they would provide 100kg of flour, as much rice, 20kg of cooking oil, 14gk of bean, five kg of sugar and salt, and two kg of tea to each family.

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