Key supply route reopens after 3 days of closure
The rockslide was induced by heavy rains three days ago, blocking the highway for a second time in a week and affecting food supplies to Kabul and other areas.
Laghman governor’s spokesman, Sarhadi Zwak, told Pajhwok Afghan News the busy route was cleared as a result of hectic efforts by public work department staff and Afghan soldiers.
He said small vehicles had no problems, using an alternative route through Qarghayee district, but merchandise-laden trucks remained stranded on both sides of the tunnel.
There would be severe food supply problems if the road stayed closed for a long time, he said: “There are some giant rocks that can fall on the highway. We plan to dynamite them to prevent possible future blockades.”
Rozi Khan, an Afghan trader, complained the road closure had caused him heavy losses in the form of truck fares and delayed delivery of supplies to customers. He called for preventing the recurrence of such problems.
On March 15, a portion of the mountain fell on the highway that connects eastern provinces with the central capital Kabul.
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