Al Jazeera: A shortage of precipitation during the winter months, both rain and snow, left much of Afghanistan with a severe scarcity of water and a decimated winter harvest. It has been reported tens of thousands of sheep and goats have died as pastures have turned to dust. Farmers have been forced to eat seeds intended for planting
Modern Diplomacy: As the leading South Asian economy, India must take lead in helping Afghanistan develop its water resources and harness their full potential. Five major river basins – Kabul, Helmand and western flowing rivers, Hari Rod and Murghab, northern flowing rivers, and Amu Darya – make up the surface water resources of Afghanistan, all of
Ariana: Estimated to cost in the range of USD 150mn to USD 300mn, the dam will be built on the Kabul river basin, one of the five river basins in Afghanistan. The proposed dam will provide potable water to more than 2 million residents in Kabul and pave ground for irrigation of 4,000 hectares of land
The Telegraph (UK): North and Western Afghanistan are this year facing their most severe drought in decades as the cumulative effect of several years of low rainfall has seen agriculture collapse. A total of 20 provinces have been affected, with some of the worst including the western and northern regions of Balkh, Ghor, Faryab, Badghis, Herat and
Tolo News: According to the head of Herat’s NEPA office, Nasir Ahmad Fazli, smuggling is so prolific that even the Common Myna’s numbers have dropped. Hunting bans have proved difficult to enforce and live trappers target smaller hawks up to eagles, and even the common myna – which belongs to the starling family. According to officials the
Tolo News: The National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) has warned that underground water reserves in Kabul will dry up within the next 10 years amid an increasing demand and use of water in the capital city. Thirty-two million cubic meters of water is used from Kabul’s underground water reserves every year while the capacity of the
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty July 12, 2018 A landslide has killed at least 10 people and destroyed nearly 300 homes in northeast Afghanistan. Two helicopters with a rescue team and emergency aid flew to the province of Panjshir where the disaster struck late on July 11. Omar Mohammadi, a spokesman for the National Disaster Management
International Federation of Red Cross And Red Crescent Societies: The drought which struck [Badghis] province earlier this year resulted in a shortage of grazing land and drinking water, affecting almost 95% of the farmers who rely on agriculture and livestock as their main source of income and food. Children living within these communities are also affected,
1TV: Mohammad Qasim Sangin, chief medic of 100-bed hospital in Parwan province, said that more than 100 people visited the hospital complaining from stomach pain after drinking water from Panjshir River. He said that samples of the water had been sent to capital Kabul for investigation. Click here to read more (external link).
Ariana: Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah on Wednesday warned that climate change will take a serious toll on Afghanistan by 2050. “Afghanistan will experience an increase of approximately 1.5 degrees Celsius in mean temperature and a doubling of population by 2050,” Abdullah said in his address to delegates. Click here to read more (external link).