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    3,000 families get access to clean drinking water

    SHIBERGHAN (PAN): More than 3,000 families in northern Jawzjan province have got access to clean drinking water with the completion of a project, an official said on Wednesday.

    Around 80 wells, costing $100,000, were dug in 40 villages of the province, said Rural Rehabilitation and Development (RRD) Department Director Muhammad Yousaf Auraz.

    He told Pajhwok Afghan News the scheme had been carried out with financial support from the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), a Christian organisation operating in the US and Canada.

    Residents of the villages previously suffered from several water-borne diseases due to lack of potable water, he said. With the completion of the scheme, the issue would be resolved, the director hoped.

    Juma Birdi, a resident of the Yanga Kinat village on the outskirts of provincial capital, Shiberghan, said: "From now on, we will be safe from all sorts of diseases."

    Another resident, Wali Arab, called for the protection and maintenance of the wells.

    Irrigation Director Abdul Israr Bihzad said only 20 percent of residents of the provincial capital had access to clean drinking water.

    Abdul Karim Fahimi, the regional head of ADRA, said another 400 wells had been dug in remote villages of the province.