Food is a basic necessity for living a decent life. And prices of flour, milk and other food items should be accessible to every person. But Karachi in Pakistan is facing another set of crises. The price of flour is rising and is at an all-time high! Here are the details of rising flour prices in Pakistan.
In Pakistan’s Karachi, Flour Price Is Rs 320!
Pakistan’s economic unrest has reached a crucial stage. The cost of flour has now reached record highs in the country’s largest city, Karachi. According to a report by ARY News, atta (flour) prices in Karachi have risen to an all-time high, reaching Rs 320 per kilogramme or Rs 3,200 for 20 kilograms. Due to this outrageous price, 1 kilogramme of flour now costs Rs 320, which is the highest price in 58 years and illustrates the depth of the city’s continuous economic woes.
Notably, Karachi is now the nation’s most expensive flour metropolis, even surpassing Hyderabad, with current rates surpassing the previous record high of Rs 3,000 for a 20-kilogramme bag.
Other Cities Are Facing The Same Issue
Not just Karachi is experiencing the rising costs of necessities. The cost of flour has significantly increased in several other large Pakistani cities, including Islamabad, Rawalpindi, Sialkot, and Khuzdar. In these places, a 20 kg bag of flour now costs an additional Rs 106, Rs 200, and Rs 300, respectively. As prices rise to Rs 146, Rs 93, Rs 120, and Rs 100, respectively, in smaller urban areas like Bahawalpur, Multan, Sukkur, and Quetta, the people are under tremendous financial duress.
The situation is made worse by the skyrocketing sugar costs, which in retail markets across Pakistan reached an all-time high of Rs 160 per kilogramme. Numerous communities across the country have been impacted by the spike in inflation, worsening an already dire financial predicament.
The fact that Karachi was listed as one of the world’s least livable cities in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Global Liveability Index 2023 further compounds the city’s problems. Karachi’s livability score of 42.5 places it in a depressing 169th place out of 173 cities analysed. And it is far below the national average.
The city continues to perform extremely poorly in several areas, including stability, healthcare, culture and environment, infrastructure, and education.
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