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Food prices rise due to floods

08-11-2010 14:05 BJT

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The massive floods in Pakistan have caused fruit and vegetable prices to skyrocket, as vast stretches of crops destroyed by floods.

The prices of basic items such as tomatoes, onions, potatoes and squash have quadrupled in recent days, putting them out of reach for many Pakistanis.

According to the United Nations, at least 570-thousand hectares of crops were destroyed in Punjab, the country's agricultural breadbasket.

In the northwest, many more crops were devastated. Farmers have lost their entire livelihoods.

At least 4-million people will need food aid in Pakistan for the next three months at a cost of nearly 100 million US dollars.

The rising prices amplify misery in Pakistan, where many residents were already struggling with poverty and food insecurity before the floods struck.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: CNTV.CN

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