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Millions in Kabul face water shortage


KABUL: Environment experts believe most of Afghanistan’s populous provinces, especially Kabul, are facing a severe shortage of potable water. It could lead to a disaster if the government does not take effective steps to address the challenge.

In most areas of the Kabul, people have to purchase water from tankers to meet their needs. Many capital residents also buy mineral water.

The Ministry of Energy and Water said that Kabul city is facing a water shortage crisis and the level of groundwater has dropped to three and a half meters this year.

Officials of the ministry asked the private sector and aid agencies to help the ministry in this regard.

According Tolo News report some residents of the Khairkhana area of Kabul said that their wells have dried up and they have to buy the water they need.

“400 hundred houses are getting water from the same place, it is too challenging to get water from here, our houses are far away from here, a resident of Khairkhana, told TOLOnews.

“Due to budget problems, we could not start the Lalandar water saving project,” said Azizurahman Aziz, head of the ground water department of the ministry.

In some area of Kabul the water price is raised up to 70 AFN per cubic meter.

The Ministry of Energy and Water stated that the increase in population, high consumption of underground water, and climate change are among the reasons that have made Kabul city face lower water levels now than ever before.

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