Winds, sandstorms disrupt life in NimrozBy Ahmad Shah Saber Jul 12, 2010 - 21:26
ZARANJ (PAN): Sandstorms have been disturbing life and causing breathing problems in the southwestern province of Nimroz, residents complained on Monday.
Shops in the area remain closed and a large number of workers fail to report for duty due to strong winds and sandstorms in the province, said Muhammad Karim, a shopkeeper in the provincial capital, Zaranj.
"I could open my shop due to the storm this morning," he told Pajhwok Afghan News.
Due to sandstorms, parts of his house are about to collapse, said Ghulam Nabi, another shopkeeper in the Noorzai village, about eight kilometres from Zaranj.
Breathing problems, allergies, flue, cold and asthma have been on the rise in the province because of sandstorms, said a doctor at the Zaranj Civil Hospital, Shukrullah.
The speed of the winds sometimes increases to more than 100 kilometres an hour, reducing visibility to 40 metres, said the metrological department head, Aminullah.