Taliban block canal, cut off electricity in Warduj
FAIZABAD (Pajhwok): The Taliban have blocked water supply to thousands of acres of farmland from a key canal in Warduj district of northeastern Badakhshan province and have deactivated five small dams depriving hundreds of families of electricity.
The Taliban captured Warduj district almost two months back and are still in control.
Col. Abdul Wadud Rasikh, the police chief for Baharak district, said the Taliban had captured the irrigation canal in Dashtak village over the 10 days, blocking supplies to thousands of acres of land.
He told Pajhwok Afghan News the blockade had affected around 20,000 to 30,000 hectares of lands.
Eng. Mohammad Alam Alami, the agriculture director, said none-availability of water would badly affect autumn season cultivation, adding that farmers had sprayed the seeds of wheat which should have been irrigated three times till now.
He said the problem had become serious as most of livestock owners in Baharak could not find water for their animals in the area and they had to walk a long distance to fetch drinking water for their livestock.
In addition to water scarcity, the rebels had deactivated three hydropower dams on the canal, depriving 500 families of electricity.
Taliban have not yet commented about the blockade of the irrigation water and cutting off electricity supply.
Earlier, local officials had said that schools, government offices, health centers and other government facilities have been closed in Warduj and hundreds of families have migrated to Baharak district.
But the Taliban have accused government forces of blocking roads against people of Warduj after the district felt to their hands.
Security forces had said operation to retake Warduj would be launched soon.
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