Road blockades send prices soaring
KUNDUZ CITY/TALOQAN (Pajhwok): Prices of liquefied gas and firewood have spiraled in northern Takhar and Kunduz provinces due to road blockades triggered by heavy snowfall, residents complained on Wednesday.
Heavy snowfall lashed Takhar and Kunduz for two successive days, clogging 14 roads. The snow in Taloqan and Kunduz City was measured at 50 and 70 centimeters, with temperature plummeting to minus 10 degrees Celsius.
Wali Mohammad, a Kunduz City dweller, told Pajhwok the rate of 7kg of firewood jumped from 60 afghanis to 100afs and that a kg of gas from 50afs to 70afs due to road blockades.
Kunduz Mayor Najibullah Omarkhel said the surge in fuel prices was temporary and acknowledged they could not interfere in the open market affairs.
In Taloqan, traffic remains off the roads due to bad weather conditions and there has been 20afs to 30afs increase in fuel prices.
Abdul Razzaq Zindah, provincial Natural Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) chief, told Pajhwok Afghan News the authority was ready to deal with winter disasters and could assist as many as 5,000 families in an emergency situation.
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