Badakhshan’s Pamir residents facing famine
FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): The shortage of food items has made the lives of residents of Pamir district of northeastern Badakhshan province miserable as landslides and flash floods caused by heavy rains have blocked roads leading to the town.
Residents of the town are forced to eat dried vegetables and bushes to ward off starvation.
Abdul Wali, a local representative, told Pajhwok Afghan News about 2,500 livestock were lost to the lack of grass, heavy rains and cold weather last winter in Pamir.
The food shortage hit the area after roads were blocked by landslides and local traders could only transfer food items to border areas of Broghel and Wakhan districts, he said.
The major livelihood of Pamir residents is livestock and they dry vegetables in summer to eat them in winter or in a critical situation, he said.
The public representative asked local authorities and government to address the food shortage problem otherwise Pamir residents would die of hunger.
Talabudin Qari, a provincial council member, acknowledged Wali’s account and said road blockades had sent the prices of edibles extremely high.
Governor Ahmad Faisal Begzad said Pamir residents suffered from the shortage of food items because they lived in high mountainous areas covered by snow.
He added the Natural Disaster Management Authority and the Rural Rehabilitation and Development Ministry had been assigned with addressing problems of Pamir inhabitants.
The governor said roads leading to Warduj and Shuhada districts had been reopened and vowed to provide all needed facilities to people of the areas through Tajikistan.
Sayed Abdullah Humayun Dehqan, the provincial Natural Disaster Management Authority head, confirmed Pamir inhabitants lost their livestock last winter due to a lack of grass.
He said he had contacted aid-giving organizations to bring food materials to the province in order solve the food shortage problem. But he did not say if Pamir residents eat grass due to food shortage.
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