Pakistan: Pakistan reported the massive shortage of wheat and stampedes in several areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Balochistan provinces and emerged as one of the worst ever flour crisis. As per the several reports, tens of thousands struggled to get the subsidized bags of flour due to its shortage.
The roads are reported to be filled with the crowds gathering around the vans and vehicles which distributed the flour. Various incidents of the clashes have also reported at the places of the distribution. The crisis resulted the significant surge in the price of the wheat and flour.
The price of the flour in Karachi is 140 per kilogram while the price of the 10kg bag of flour in Islamabad and Peshawar is Rs 1,500 per kilogram. The price of the 20 kg bags of flour is Rs 2,800. Price of the flour in Punjab province is Rs 160 per kilogram.
The Minister for Food in Balochistan- Zamark Achakzai stated that the wheat has completely ended in the province and they immediately needed 40,000 sacks of wheat otherwise things could get worse. The situation in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is also same as the price of the flour of 20 kg bag is Rs 3100. People are gathering around the vehicles to take the flour as they are selling 10 kg bag at the price of Rs 65 per kg. The incidents of deaths have been reported due to this chaos as a 40-year-old labourer Harisingh Kolhi fell on the road and was trampled upon by the surrounding people. The family of the labourer justice.
Residents in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa also complained of wheat flour shortage and demanded proper supply of the wheat and flour at the suitable rate. The situation has created a sense of angriness among the residents of Pakistan as they asserted that they can purchase flour only once a week. Thousands of people to have waster their hours to get the subsided bags of flour and stated that the government of Pakistan have taken no measure to control the situation.
A number of clashes have been reported at flour dealers and tandoors in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the past weeks over the issue of prices. It is also reported that the food crisis were happened due to the tussle between the federal and Punjab governments.