Trapped Kunduz City residents face food, water shortages
KUNDUZ CITY (Pajhwok): The trapped residents of the capital of northern Kunduz province have run out of food and potable water and are struggling with a number of other problems since the Taliban seized the strategic city three days ago.
All shops, bakeries and social centres have been closed since the fall of Kunduz City to Taliban insurgents who stormed the city from various directions on the night between Sunday and Monday and captured the entire city from government forces until late Monday.
Security forces are said to be preparing for a decisive operation and people trapped in their homes cannot come out due to fear.
Afghan security forces with the aid NATO forces claim to have recaptured some areas from the rebels and have caused them heavy casualties, but the city remains under Taliban control, a situation that has landed Kunduz City residents in deep trouble.
One resident, Mohammad Omar, told Pajhwok Afghn News the supply of electricity and water had been suspended over the past three days and residents faced an acute shortage of food.
He said the price of a flour sack had doubled from the previous rate of 200 afghanis. “The closure of bakery shops and the lack of potable water have further worsened our situation,” he said.
Another resident, Faqir Mohammad, said his children were ill, but all medicine shops and hospitals in the city had been closed. He said the Taliban were in control of the zonal hospital where only injured Taliban militants were being treated.
“The people of Kunduz had suffered in the past wars and they are now passing through bitter days, but the government is yet to do something to recapture the city,” he said.
There were reports the Taliban were searching for government and military officials from house to house to kill them, but these reports could not be verified.
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