740 families affected by Yakawlang landslide: ANDMA
BAMYAN CITY (Pajhwok): An Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) delegation said on Sunday 740 families had been affected by a landslide in the Yakawlang district of central Bamyan province.
The ANDMA team and local officials in Yakawlang said they had surveyed the affected areas after the landslide hit Chashma Siah and Kuh-i-Surkh about a month ago.
Houses of locals developed cracks and farmers suffered 30 percent damage to their crops after the landslide caused gaps in local mountains, the authorities said.
Bamyan ANDMA Director Mohammad Reza Riffaat told Pajhwok Afghan News that about percent residents of the areas lacked access to potable water.
He said the disaster had caused heavy financial and agricultural losses in Dara Ali area of the district, where water resources had depleted by 70 percent.
Additionally, 12-kilometre road had been destroyed and 18 water streams and agriculture canals clogged, the official said, adding 740 families had been affected by the landslide.
So far 35 tents and as many food packages and health kits, 175 blankets, 35 solar panels and Saudi-donated dates had distributed to the families, the director continued.
A resident of Dara Ali area, Haji Mirza, said the disaster was not a one-off incident, but it kept happening for several days. “People say 2015 is a year of the devil for us. We did not experience such incidents before.”
The district chief, Abdul Ahad Mubarez, said that 35 critically affected households needed more attention from humanitarian organizatiods and government.
He also urged geologists to survey the area and help promote awareness among the people to cope with possible disasters in the future.
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