Work on 2 flood protection walls in Badakhshan begins
FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): Work on construction of protection walls for the villages of Khasar and Jagoni in Shar-e-Buzurg district of northeastern Badakhshan province has been official kicked-off on Sunday, the German Cooperation with Afghanistan said in a statement.
The walls will protect the village’s inhabitants, their land, orchards and houses from floods and other natural disasters, it said, adding that building work will be managed by the community development councils (CDCs) in the villages. The 3 million afghanis project is being funded by the government of Germany.
At today’s groundbreaking ceremony, Shar-e-Buzurg district chief, Abdul Rahim Farhat, said: “One of the major challenges our communities face in Khasar and Jagoni is flooding from the mountains. The villages lack proper protection to protect their lands and they don’t have irrigation canals to water their farmland properly. Every year, residents in these villages lose valuable farming income due to floods.”
The district development assembly head, Faizurahman, and local elders of Shar-e-Buzurg added: “Another problem the people here have is that during floods, six villages are cut off from the marketplace and health centres, because the roads are blocked. Students cannot reach their schools either anymore.”
The official ceremony was joined by more than 100 representatives from district line departments, community development councils, community leaders, elders and religious leaders.
Khasar and Jagoni villages were chosen for the protection wall based on a risk map, which identifies which of Badakshan’s regions is most vulnerable to natural disaster.
Addressing the challenges of major natural disasters in Badakhshan province, including flooding, avalanches and earth quakes, Germany and Afghanistan agreed to implement the Badakhshan Natural Disaster Prevention (BNDP) project.
The Provincial Governor’s Office (PGO), the Department of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (DRRD) as well as the Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) receive support in developing risk maps for identifying hotspots for natural disasters and which communities are most vulnerable.
Based on these findings, suitable prevention measures are designed in four focus districts, including small infrastructure but also capacity development projects. BNDP is financed by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.
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