MUZAFARABAD - A huge number of people residing in the areas close to the Line of Control (LOC) are facing severe difficulties, including food shortage and price hike due to closure of Muzaffarabad-Srinagar road for the 12th consecutive day.

Border town Chakothi and dozens of neighboring villages, including Khalana valley have been facing severe problems due to closure of Muzaffarabad-Srinagar road for 12th consecutive day, causing acute shortage of food and other commodities.

The land sliding triggered by recent heavy rains caused blockade of Muzaffarabad-Srinagar road between Chinari and Chakothi and could not be opened despite improvement in weather condition. The National Highway Authority (NHA) has assigned the task to one of its contractor to remove slides but he does not have enough equipment and machinery to remove landslides.

Muhammad Shabir, a shopkeeper in border town Chakothi, told by telephone that flour stock has finished while rates of all other commodities have surged up considerably. Munshi Awan, another shopkeeper condemned district administration Hattian for not taking necessary steps to ensure immediate removal of landslides from the road. Trans-Kashmir truck service was also remained suspended last week due to the landslide.