Father of six killed in stampede while in queue for subsidized flour

A 45-year-old man, a father to six children, died after limited availability of flour sparked a stampede at a government shop in Mirpur Khas in Pakistan’s Sindh. 

New Delhi,UPDATED: Jan 8, 2023 07:15 IST

Flour prices in Pakistan have hit an all-time high after the stock of subsidised flour dwindled in the market. (File photo)

By Subodh Kumar: A 45-year-old man, a father to six children, died after limited availability of flour sparked a stampede at a government shop in Mirpur Khas in Pakistan’s Sindh.

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Flour prices in Pakistan have hit an all-time high after the stock of subsidised flour dwindled in the market. The reason behind the crisis is attributed to the mismanagement between the food department and the flour mills and the shortage of wheat supply from Punjab.

The flour crisis has intensified across Pakistan with flour prices touching record highs, forcing citizens to stand in long queues at designated utility stores to buy subsidised flour. The endeavour to get cheap flour cost a man in Mirpur Khas his life.

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The situation is the same across Pakistan with every region reeling under the acute flour crisis. In Lahore, a 15kg flour bag is being sold for Rs 2,050 now, after the increase of Rs 150. So far, the price of a 15kg flour bag has seen a rise of Rs 300 in just two weeks. Whereas, in the open market, the prices remain unchanged, reported ARY News.

According to Pakistan English daily The Frontier Post, flour prices broke all records as a 20kg bag of flour reached Rs 3,000 for the first time in the history of Pakistan.

As per the report of the Bureau of Statistics, flour is being sold for up to Rs 150 per kg in Karachi as a 20kg bag of flour has become more expensive by Rs 400 in a recent week. The statistics of the government showed that a 20kg bag of flour in Hyderabad reached Rs 2,880, Quetta Rs 2,700, Sukkur Rs 2,700, and Peshawar Rs 2,650.

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Till Friday, according to the Frontier Post, a bag of flour is up to Rs 1,295 in all major cities of Punjab, including Lahore and Islamabad.

Due to the suspension of wheat supply from Punjab, the price of a 20kg bag of flour in Peshawar has increased to Rs 3,000.

Flour shortage continued in Balochistan as the price of a 20kg bag of flour stood at Rs 2,800 on Friday. As per details, the price of flour skyrocketed in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan while the commodity was not available in most shops across the province. The 20kg flour bag is being sold for Rs 2,800 now, which was Rs 2,300, till a week ago in the province. People have been fighting among themselves in Balochistan to get a subsidized bag of flour.

In Khyber Pukhtunkawa, people have been running pillar to post to get their hands on a subsidised flour bag, the current going rate of which Rs 1,200 while a flour of the same quantity in the open market costs Rs 3,100.

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Raajnandini Mukherjee

Published On:

Jan 8, 2023

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