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Many stranded as heavy snow blocks all Daikundi roads

Many stranded as heavy snow blocks all Daikundi roads

Feb 04, 2019 - 18:53

NEILI (Pajhwok): Two days of heavy snowing has blocked all transport routes connecting districts of central Daikundi province with its provincial capital and Kabulinfo-icon, leaving many passengers stranded on mountain passes.

Some passengers, who are trapped at Qonaq Pass, told Pajhwok Afghan News that around 50 vehicles carrying womeninfo-icon, children and ailing people, had trapped in snow in limits of Daikundi and Bamyan provinces and they were in serious need of water, food and warm clothes.

A number of passengers stranded in Loran Pass in Ashtar Ali district of Daikundi also said 10 vehicles were stuck in snow there.

They claimed the district administration was not responding to their telephonic calls for assistance as children, women and patients were among the stranded on the pass.

They warned a humanitarian disaster would happen if the route was not cleared of snow for traffic.

Ismail Rajabi, one of the stranded passengers, told Pajhwok Afghan News they were trapped on Qonaq Pass since 9pm last night while Bamyan and Daikundi officials did nothing for their rescue.

Meanwhile, Bamyan and Daikundi officials confirmed 10 passengers were trapped on Qonaq Pass and said a now clearing operation was slowed by heavy snowstorms in the area.

Ghulam Nabi Qambari, Bamyan public works director, said the snow clearing operation was extended to Qonaq Pass today morning and several kilometers of the route had been cleared so far.

However, he said they would not be able to clear the remaining five kilometers way to the pass due to snowstorms.

Meanwhile, Khudadad Sirat, acting public works director of Daikundi province, said that snow clearing process was heading toward Qonaq Pass but the process was slow due to avalanches and snowstorms.

He said the routes to other districts of Daikundi had also been blocked towards the provincial capital. Sirat said district roads would be reopened after the bad weather subsided.

The government has allocated seven million afghanis to Daikundi public works department for clearing snow on 396 kilometers of roads and contracts with two private companies have also been in this regard, but local people say the contractors have failed to discharge their responsibilities.

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