Pakistan is currently in difficulty because there is a significant shortage of wheat flour. There is no more free flour available. The government is providing flour packets at a discount to the general public in different parts of the country.
Due to the extreme lack of flour, there have already been numerous fatal stampedes in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh, and Balochistan provinces. These are where people tried to get cheap flour.
Many struggle to buy flour:
Tens of thousands of people spend hours each day attempting to obtain the discounted sacks of flour. The same are already in short supply in the market, according to an article in The Express Tribune.
People crowd around the armed guard-flanked mini-trucks and vans dispersing the flour, pushing one another as tumultuous incidents are routinely happening. Several fights have reportedly been seen at flour vendors and tandoors.
One person died in the Mirpurkhas stampede as the Sindh government distributed subsidized grain to the public. According to reports, two vehicles carrying 200 sacks of flour each were selling it outside Gulistan-e-Baldia Park. A fatal accident occurred close to the commissioner’s office.
Below is a video of the crisis:
Flour rates go upto 160 per kg in Karachi, according to multiple media sources. In Islamabad and Peshawar, a 10 kilograms bag of flour, meanwhile, costs Rs 1,500 per kg.
On the other hand, the price of whole wheat flour in the province increased to 150 PKR per kg. Following a price hike of Rs 150, the 15 kg flour bag is currently available for Rs 2,050.
A 20 kg flour bag is in short supply in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, even at the record price of 3,000 PKR per bag. In just two weeks, the cost of a 15 kg flour bag has already increased by Rs 300.
No check on quality of flour:
Black marketing of wheat and flour appears to be unchecked throughout the nation, particularly in the Punjab province, where reports of widespread wheat theft have been made. Deterioration in flour quality is a significant problem.
According to The News, people have complained that the flour mills are supplying them with odorous wheat flour. Also, there is no quality control of the authorities in question.
The people of Pakistan are facing a serious crisis. Especially the ones who are not financially very strong. It is difficult to buy flour for them.
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