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Thousands face acute water shortage in Aibak



Thousands face acute water shortage in Aibak

Sep 25, 2017 - 17:01

AIBAK (Pajhwok): Around 6,000 families, struggling with an acute shortage of potable water, in northern Samangan province may be forced into moving elsewhere if the crisis persists, an official warns.

Eng. Abdul Rab Hakimi, Samangan rural rehabilitation and development director, told Pajhwok Afghan News thousands of families were suffering from the shortage of drinking water in 32 villages of Aibak, the provincial capital, three villages in Firoz Nakhchir district and some in Hazrat Sultan district.

He said 3,800 families lacked access to safe water in Sher Kiar and Taikhonak areas of Aibak and 400 families in three villages of Firoz Nakhchir district and the rest in Hazrat Sultan district.

His department supplied 24,000 liters of water through tankers to these families on a daily basis, Hakimi said. “This process of water supply has prevented these families from migrating to other areas and the supply will continue until rainfall”, he said.

Amanullah, a resident of Sharikyar area of Aibak, said their area faced the shortage of potable water due to lack of raining.

“Deep wells are not available here because the undergoing water level is very deep and people cannot dig such wells”, he said.

He added local residents kept rain water in special ponds and used it for drinking.

He said the rural rehabilitation and development department supplied one water tanker in a week to their village, which he said did not meet their requirement.

“Local people purchase 200 liters of water from private tankers against 200 afghanis”, he said. The water is supplied to their area from a location about 60 kilometers away.

Amanullah asked relevant organs to find a permanent solution to the water shortage in their areas.

The rural rehabilitation and development director said the issue would be shared with relevant organs in Kabulinfo-icon.


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