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Rough weather holds back aids’ transfer to remote Badakhshan district

AT-KABUL: Local officials in the northeastern province of Badakhshan have said that the bad weather has challenged humanitarian relief to the families of the landslide victims in the remote district of Kohistan.

Provincial Spokesman, Nick Muhammad Nazari said on Tuesday that the aids were to be provided to victims of the Kohistan District transfer by air, but the helicopters were not able to fly due to the bad weather.

“The assistance team that was supposed to take the aids to the district, unfortunately it could not fly from Faizabad, but there are some emergency deposits in the district that can meet a part of the people’s needs. So far, some aids have been distributed from the deposits and six people who were injured, have been treated,” Nazari said.

However, district governor, Mohammad Rustam Raghi, said that the provincial governor and some other local official were to fly there by a chopper to the district, but they could not because of heavy snowfall.

“The governor could not come because it was a snowfall and he told us that money will be sent through the currency exchange agencies. He also asked the border forces for help, but due to the bad weather, roads are blocked because the snow is heavy and the vehicle cannot come to.”

Seyyed Abdullah Homayoun Dehqan, Head of the provincial national disaster management department, said that it was impossible to distribute aid items to the victim families because of unpleasant weather. “We will soon transfer the aid stuff to the affected area once the weather is better.”

The Kohistan district is located 100 kilometers north of the city of Faizabad the provincial capital. Being a mountainous area the roads leading there are blocked by heavy snowfall during the winter. This district borders Arghanjkha district in the east, Raghestan district in the north Yavan and Yeftal districts in the west.

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