Level of waters pouring into rivers decreasing

The MoWE says that due to reduction of snow and rainfalls in recent years, the level of waters pouring into rivers has deceased 62 percent as the capital inhabitants are concerned on decrease of underground water levels.

In their conversations with The Kabul Times reporter, the people said that deceasing of water level in capital Kabul has strongly concerned them and people have to drill deep wells which require huge investment.

People ask government concerned bodies who are responsible of water supply, to undertake projects and extend their water supply networks and take fair steps for distribution of potable waters to people.

Following concerns of Afghan people, the lower house summoned  relevant ministries. Deputy minister of MoWE Khan Mohammad Takal said, available data during last year, show that the level of waters pouring into rivers has decreased 62 percent. To prevent people problem in vulnerable provinces, the MoWE has undertaken special measures.

Decreasing of water level, increase of displacement of rural population to urban area due to drought and slow process of dams construction are main concerns of lawmakers that  forced them to question leading authorities of the MoRRD, MoAIL, MoWE.

The lawmakers said, during questioning of abovementioned authorities it was clear that 20 provinces including Takhar, Kunduz, Balkh, Sar-e-Pul, Samangan, Jawzjan, Faryab, Badghis, Herat, Farah, Nimroz, Zabul, Uruzgan, Dykondi and Bamyan have been strongly affected by drought.

Lawmaker Aziza Jalees said, due to serious drought, most postures have been eliminated and rural inhabitants had to move to urban areas.

Prior to this the State Minister for Counter-Natural Disasters had said that over 13 million rural population have been affected by drought and this year, Afghanistan has been experiencing the summit of drought.

Addressing the lawmakers, MoRRD Mujeeburahman Karimi said, this ministry has undertaken certain counter-drought measures as the work on drilling of 38 semi-shallow, 136 deep wells, construction and reconstruction of 164 water supply networks and construction of 12 water reservoirs is progressing and are expected to be completed at the end of current 1397 solar year.

In areas, Karimi added, the people are facing shortage of potable water, water is distributed by tankers.

Acting and deputy minister of MoAIL Hashmatullah Ghafoori said, 20000 tonnes animal foods are planned to be distributed in three stages in drought-hit provinces plus 106000 tonnes wheat to people.  

Shukria Kohistani

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