Financial Tribune: Energy Minister Reza Ardakanian said by building dams on Hirmand River, the eastern neighbor Afghanistan has significantly reduced the volume of water entering Iranian territories in Sistan-Baluchestan Province. “Over the past year, Afghanistan has blocked the flow of Hirmand water into the country, such that the volume has decreased to 2-3 million cubic
1TV: The level of surface of water has declined by 14 percent in five water zones of Afghanistan, the country’s minister of energy and water said Sunday. President’s senior adviser Hamid Helmandi recommended building small dams in different parts of the counter to tackle the problem. Most of Afghanistan’s water flows out to its neighbours. Click here
1TV: Groundwater levels have declined in Afghan capital Kabul by meters, officials said Monday. Mohammad Naeem Tokhi, the director of hydrology department at Ministry of Energy and Water, said that the rate of decline in groundwater levels is between 1 and 22 meters. Apart from quantity, the quality of ground water in the city is also deteriorating.
1TV: The first of the three-phase project is funded by USAID and which is scheduled to be completed in two years and seven months. With the completion of the project, 10,000 families are expected to benefit from clean and standard water services round the clock. Click here to read more (external link).
Ayaz Gul VOA News July 7, 2017 Residents and civil society activists staged a protest Friday in southern Afghanistan to denounce neighboring Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani for criticizing Afghan water management and dam projects. Hundreds of demonstrators peacefully marched through the streets of Lashkargah, capital of Helmand province near the Iranian border. They chanted, “Death
1TV: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Monday raised concern over construction of dams in Afghanistan. “Dam construction in Afghanistan and Sistan-Baluchestan province (in Iran) play a role in the desiccation of rivers,” Rouhani said addressing at the opening of a three-day international conference on combating sand and dust storms in Tehran, Iran’s Financial Tribune daily reported.
Tolo News: Ministry of Energy and Water (MoEW) on Sunday said currently people are using too much underground water in Kabul and if the problem is not solved, the city will face serious water shortages in the next few years. Officials at the ministry said in addition to overuse, the lack of sewage systems has led
The Diplomat: Pakistan and Iran have always had historical claims over the water resources of Afghanistan. These claims have always been rejected by Afghanistan. The chaotic politics of water between Afghanistan and its neighbors has a long history, due to the lack of water-sharing agreements between them. Despite sharing 90 percent of its water resources with
ReliefWeb: “Water is the lifeblood of the people of Afghanistan, not just for living but also for the economy, which has traditionally been dominated by agriculture.” Nearly “80% of Afghanistan’s population derive their livelihood from the agriculture sector.” And, agriculture remains one of Afghanistan’s principal growth sectors. But, decades of conflict combined with deteriorating infrastructures and
Tolo News: A number of experts believe that government is doing nothing to harness the potential that Afghanistan’s water resources offer. Around 75 percent of the surface water of Afghanistan is believed to be flowing to neighboring countries. Water and energy experts said that if government does not have the financial resources, then it should encourage neighboring