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September 2, 2010
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Food shortage persists in Kohistan

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September 2, 2010

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MANSEHRA: Elders from flood-hit Kohistan Wednesday said that there was severe shortage of food and edibles in the district.
They asked the government to open Karakoram Highway forthwith to facilitate the masses. Talking to reporters, Umar Jan, Haji Shireen and others said there was severe shortage of food items and a 40-kg bag of flour was being sold at over Rs3,000 in Dasso town.
The said that even the damage-assessment survey could not be completed owing to the blockade of Karakoram Highway. The elders added that the district coordination officer repeatedly rejected assessment of the damage caused by the floods on the ground of wrong entries.
“If there is any wrong data or entry, it is the fault of the survey teams and they should be taken to task. The authorities should not deprive the affectees of compensation,” Umar Jan argued.
The elders from Kohistan said that Anolia, Jijal and Dobair villages were swept away by the flash floods and the survivors were living in makeshift shelters in unhygienic environment.

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