Digital census not launched in snowbound Kaghan yet.

MANSEHRA -- The Pakistan Bureau of Statistics hasn't begun the digital housing and population census in snowbound Kaghan Valley and other parts of Mansehra district.

PBS coordinator Mohammad Ibrahim told reporters at the Balakot Press Club on Tuesday that it was the district administration to decide about when to launch the census.

'The entire population of Kaghan valley's all 15 blocks had migrated to lower parts of the country after the snowfall began in November last year, so the census hasn't begun there yet,' he said.

Field enumeration for the PBS's first-ever housing and population digital census began in the country on March 1.

Mr Ibrahim said enumerators completed the first phase of listing households in Balakot tehsil before starting the second to collect the number of family members and other data.

He said as the weather turned pleasant in Jarad and Ponja areas of Balakot tehsil, the enumerators began gathering household and family data.

'The district administration will decide when to launch the digital census in snowbound areas, including Kaghan valley, which is still buried under six-seven feet of snow,' he said.

The coordinator said enumerators reached people after covering long distances in difficult terrains on foot, so the latter should provide the latter with the sought-after information...

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