KARACHI - The prolonged breakdown of electricity have caused closure of majority of flour mills and 'Chakies in city, resulting in shortage of commodity at retail level in the metropolis. The representatives of flour mills body told The Nation that at least 50pc mills of city are closed as electricity has not been restored since Friday. However, the mills were supplying available stocks of flour to wholesalers and retailers but the shortage of commodity is likely to erupt from Wednesday (today), Johar Kandhari provincial chief of Pakistan Flour Mills Association told The Nation that about 50 per cent flour mills had been closed because electricity has not restored after rains on Friday night of last week. He said that the supply line of commodity to market has been disconnected from Tuesday as mills stopped grinding wheat since Friday due to power breakdown. The wholesalers and retailers are approaching mills for supply of flour but mills are unable to provide them because of power failure, he said. Kandhari pointed out that a huge quantity of wheat was wasted due to power failure as after washing the commodity. He further said that the current price of Rs2600 per 100 kg of wheat was stable in open market. The main problem which mills are facing is power failure which compelled them to shutdown the business as they have no available stocks of flour to supply in the market, he maintained. Meanwhile, Fareed Qureshi President Retailers Merchant Association while talking to The Nation confirmed about the shortage of flour with retailers and said the supply of commodity was not restored because majority of 'Chakies (small grinding units) and Flour mills are non-functional due to power failure. Chief of retailer merchants body said that the price of different varieties of flour is fluctuating in city as rate of fine flour is Rs26 per kg, while 'chaki atta is being sold at Rs35.50 per kg. However, he predicted that the prices of flour might further go up from tomorrow (Thursday) because supply of commodity has been disconnected. The recession in supply line of this food staple will ultimately increase the prices in city, he said.