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September 27, 2018
The Kabul Times

Drought; a big threat to economy, people

At present drought is a great threat to economy and Afghan people in a number of our provinces and people are facing shortage of water on daily bases.
The UN has recently announced that the Afghan people are experiencing the worst century drought and due to unprecedented drought, over 1.4 million people are in urgent help because drought threatens their agriculture.
In an interview with The Kabul Times reporter, economist Saifuddin Saihoon said, at present beside other challenges, drought is another serious threat to our people and economy. “In some provinces farmers have left their home villages and accommodated in other parts in which water is available and are in immediate need of aids. The government should help them and ask the international community to supply emergency relief aids to needy people and drought hit population, otherwise catastrophe is ahead, and we may witness great humanitarian and animals casualties.”
Tameem a resident of Kabul said drought has inflicted heavy damages to Afghan people and unfortunately in recent years beside social and security problems, drought has also resulted in serious concern for our people and the government should undertake certain measures and programs on prevention of IDPs in areasfacing with drought and request support of donors too.
While Afghanistan has been at close quarters with devastating wars, corruption, poverty and unemployment, now is facing with worst drought. The results of drought at this scale could be destructive to every country including Afghanistan because we are mainly an agricultural country,where 20 out 34 Afghan provinces have been affected with drought and multi-million people are threatened and 23 pc of our GDP is from agriculture.
Under drought, due to lack of access to water, thousands of households have to leave their native villages.According to EU humanitarian aids commission report, Ghor and Badghis provinces have been particularly affected due to drought as 9000 households have been displaced to Herat and 1000 to Qala-e-now the provincial capital. The report adds that majority of these IDPs have not received aids and lack of access to potable water, shelter, medical facilities and food.
Prior to this the Daily Telegraph had reported that 70 pc reduce of rain in some parts of Afghanistan has caused reduction of underground water level and drainage of wells.
According to UN assessments, due to extensive drought in Afghanistan, over 1.4 million people would be in dire need of urgent food aids. Available aids in certain parts have never been sufficient.

Shukria Kohistani

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