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    8-km embankment built along river in Nimroz

    ZARANJ (PAN): An eight-kilometre-long embankment was constructed along the Helmand river in Zaranj, the capital of southwestern Nimroz province, an official said on Saturday.

    Stretching from Zaranj, the embankment was aimed to prevent flooding of the city, Deputy Governor Mohammad Qasim Khadri told Pajhwok Afghan News.

    Costing $200,000, the embankment -- three metres high and six metres wide -- was funded by residents, traders and construction companies, Khadri said, hoping the wall would halt flooding.

    A local trader, Juma Khan, alleged: "Zaranj has twice been washed away by waters from Helmand river in the past, but the government did nothing to help the people."

    Eng. Shah Wali, in charge of the city water management department, welcomed the initiative and said the government lacked funds to build protective walls along the river.

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