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4 die as snow wreaks havoc in the north

4 die as snow wreaks havoc in the north

Feb 19, 2017 - 20:50

MAZAR-I-SHARIF (Pajhwok):  Four people have died and hundreds of household animals perished as a result of heavy snowfall in the northern zone, officials said on Sunday.

The snow has blocked roads to 13 districts.  Balkh natural disaster management authority head Rahmatullah Zahid told Pajhwok Afghan News the snowfall had blocked roads since yesterday between the provincial capital and Marmal, Charkand, Kushandi and Zara districts.

He said many animals were lost to the blizzard in Chamtal, Sholgar and Dawlatabad district, but provided no figures.  In the same districts, he said, a number of homes had been damaged.

In neighboring Jawzjan province, four people were killed in the latest snowstorm that blocked roads connecting Shiberghan, the provincial capital, with Darzab, Qush Tepa, Khumab and Qarqin districts, the governor’s spokesman said.

Mohammad Raza Ghafori told Pajhwok Afghan News that the governor on Sunday called an emergency meeting to discuss the situation. He said efforts were being made to clear the roads of snow during the next 24 hours.

In Sar-i-Pul province, residents said the snow had blocked roads and as a result prices of daily use commodities had increased. They also complained about looting of people by members of uprising group  on the road to Balkh district,  a claim local officials rejected.

A number of residents coming all the way from Balkhab district to Mazar-Sharif said the road to their district had been closed over the past 20 days. They said they had travel through Mazar-i-Sharif to reach their district due to the road blockade.

One of them, Mohammad Ali, told Pajhwok Afghan News that militiamen emerged on the road to Balkhab district and extort money from passengers. “When the snow stops, Talibaninfo-icon do not allow us to travel and when there is snowing militiamen harass us.”

Another resident, Mohammad Juma, said the road blockade had sent prices of daily use commodities soaring. He said the price of a flour bag increased to 2200 afghanis and of a 10-liter tin of ghee to 1100 afs.

Spokesman for the Sar-i-Pul governor, Zabihullah Amani, confirmed the snow had closed to districts but rejected passengers were looted on the road to Balkhab district.

He said roads leading to four districts of the province had been clogged by snow and as a result prices of daily use items had increased.

In Faryab province, heavy snow lashed various districts of the province, creating problems for local residents.



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