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Lack of drinking water causes exodus in Baghlan

Lack of drinking water causes exodus in Baghlan

Sep 08, 2011 - 20:17

PUL-I-KHUMRI (PANinfo-icon): Nearly 1,000 residents of a locality of Pul-i-Khumri city, the capital of northern Baghlan province, have migrated to other places mainly due to lack of drinking water.

The migrants had recently returned from Pakistaninfo-icon and Iran and settled in a government-allotted township called Sharak-i-Etihad near Pul-i-Khumri.

A representative of the returnees, Mohammad Hassan, said he lived in the Shahrak-i-Etihad for last three years since he returned from Iran. "We have so far received two windows and a gate from the UNHCR and a residential plot from the government," he said.

He said the provincial refugees department had promised them the supply of water and electricity, but no practical step had so far been taken in this connection.

A resident of the township, Ajmal, 25, said the township had no water and electricity.

Refugees Department Director Mohammad Naeem Kakar said efforts were in place to provide electricity to the Shahrak-i-Etihad township, where a school and a healthinfo-icon clinic had already been established.

He said the issue of lack of drinking water in the locality was being resolved in cooperation with relevant authorities



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