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Snow blocks roads in several Paktika districts

Snow blocks roads in several Paktika districts

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Feb 22, 2019 - 22:36

SHARANA (Pajhwok): Heavy snowfall has blocked roads connecting a number of districts with the provincial capital, Sharana, of southeastern Paktika province, creating inconvenience for residents.

A resident of Gomal district, Syed Anwar Khan, told Pajhwok Afghan News that the continued snowing had not only blocked roads to villages but had also clogged major highways.

“The snow has blocked the highway between Gomal and Barmal districts, where people are in great trouble because they have to take their patients to the provincial capital due to lack of medical facilities in these districts,” he lamented.

Syed Akbar, a resident of Warmami district, said last night’s heavy snowing had closed the district highway and complained the government was paying no attention to areas where security situation was not good.

Civil societyinfo-icon activist in Sharana, Alam Khan, said the roads to Gomal, Barmal, Neka, Ziruk and other districts had been blocked by snow.

Those interviewed by Pajhwok Afghan News asked the government to launch snow-clearing operations in these districts.

In this regard, the provincial government spokesman, Mohammad Rahman Ayaz, said the Public Works Department had sent its snow-clearing teams to all areas.  He said the blocked roads would be cleared of snow soon.

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