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Heavy snow blocks roads to 9 Badakhshan districts

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Heavy snow blocks roads to 9 Badakhshan districts

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Dec 29, 2016 - 16:03

FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): Heavy snow has blocked roads to nine districts of northeastern Badakhshan province, forcing residents to travel to Kunduz through Tajikistan, an official said on Thursday.

Public Works Director Eng. Abdul Ghani told Pajhwok Afghan News snowfall over the past two days had blocked roads to Zibak, Ishkasham, Wakhan, Shaghnan, Kofab, Nasi, Mayami, Shaki and Khwahan districts.

He said people of the districts travelling to the Sher Khan Port in Kunduz province had to go to Tajikistan first on visas.

His department has prepared programmes based on the annual plan of the Ministry of Public Works (MoPW). The programmes include safety and maintenance of roads, especially during the winter season.

He said private companies and local councils had been awarded contracts to keep tunnels clear in order to allow vehicular movement. However, he hinted the snow-clogged roads to the nine districts would remain blocked until April.

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