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    Paktika residents seek aid ahead of snowfall

    SHARAN (PAN): Residents of remote districts in the southeastern province of Paktika on Tuesday sought help from the government ahead of the snowfall season.

    Every year, Waza Khwa, Warmami, Tarwa, Khoshamand, Gomal, Womna, Barmal, Giyan and Zherok residents suffer multiple problems during the snowfall.

    Previously, children and elderly people died due to road blockades in the areas, situated about 100 kilometres from the province capital, tribal elder Qabil Siddiqui told Pajhwok Afghan News.

    "The government and international soldiers have done nothing to resolve our winter-related problems," alleged Zmarak Katawazai, a resident of Waza Khwa district.

    Last year, three women and two children died due to road blockades, a resident of Zherok said.

    Public Health Director Dr. Wali Gul confirmed the problems, saying they planned to help residents by dispatching medicines to remote areas of the province.

    Afghanistan Natural Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) head for Paktika, Abdul Hadi, food supplies had reached Sharan for distribution to residents of 17 districts.

    Wheat, ghee and other edibles would be sent soon to the districts already surveyed by ANDMA, he promised. Since the food items are inadequate, he asked donors for further assistance.

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