Kabulis in trouble as rain turns streets into ponds
KABUL (Pajhwok): The residents of central capital Kabul face several problems after days of raining turned roads and streets into ponds amid the lack of drainage system.
Shukria, 50, a resident of Lab-i-Jar locality, was busy taking out rainwater from her house using a bucket.
She told Pajhwok Afghan News the rainwater accumulating on roads, streets and people’s houses created many problems for residents while going from one area to another.
“Whom to complain, there is no canal or drain in these areas, the rainwater enters houses of people,” she said, adding if the government built drains, people would not face such problems in rainy season.
She asked the president and the Kabul municipality to construct the canalization system of the city to protect people from collapsing in dirty water.
A resident of Taimany township project, Faisal, said five families in his neighborhood had left their houses due to the accumulation of water inside their houses.
“From the Khairkhana area to Lab-i-Jar square, an excessive amount to water accumulates in which vehicles cannot pass,” he said.
Too much water is generally accumulated in Taimany, Wazirabad, Fruit Market, Sarsabzai, Sarai-i-Shamali, Dehmazang and Karta-i-Naw localities of Kabul during rainy season.
People of these areas could not pass roads and the accumulated water causes great inconvenience as taxies could not pass through these areas.
Another resident of Thaimany locality, Faridullah, said people had to take off shoes before crossing a road. “Kabul is a city with no responsible leader. There are no drains.”
“Unfortunately, elderly people, women, youth, girls and children all suffer a lot due to water accumulation. The government and the municipality just watch the roads of Kabul turning into oceans, but they don’t take action,” he said.
The operations head of the natural disaster management department at the Ministry of Interior (MoI), Sayed Shafiq, said they used water pumps to run rainwater from streets into drains.
“When we were informed that too much rainwater had accumulated in Lab-i-Jar locality, we went there with three firefighter vehicles having four water pumps in each vehicle. Six police vehicles with one water pump in each also reached there to push the water from streets into sewers and save houses and shops of people,” he said.
However, a resident of the area, said the efforts of the department were useless because they pushed water from one area to another. “There is need for canalization system in the country.”
Municipality officials said they would construct more canals this year when the problem of lack of canalization system would also be resolved.
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