Above 100 villages in Takhar lack potable water
TALUQAN (Pajhwok): More than a hundred villages in northern Takhar province have been undergoing the shortage of potable water and many residents are suffering from various water-borne illnesses as they drink from pools and streams.
Abdul Wakil, a resident of Sherbacha village of Ashkmash district, told Pajhwok Afghan News they fetched stream water home on donkeys from a distance of five kilometers.
He said their village contained 150 families and most of the children there were infected with diarrhea due to the consumption of unhygienic water.
“We walk five kilometers to bring water which is unhealthy, there are no clean water sources here, our children are infected with various illnesses, we cannot go to other areas. Only those who had enough wealth have left this area,” he said.
Wahidullah, a resident of Baharak district, said people in remote areas of the district lacked potable water.
“Many villages here use dirty water, it is our right the government should at least provide us clean drinking water,” he said.
Jandullah Faiz, the administrative chief for Rustaq district, said Paishaf, Sharshar, Ghani Dara, Husai, Qazalbash, Nawabad and a number of other villages of his district had no access to healthy water.
He said residents of these areas used water from pools and streams that caused many illnesses to people.
“Most of people in these areas use rainwater, they drink it and use it for cooking and washing,” Faiz said.
Afghanistan Development Association (ADA), a non-governmental humanitarian organization that provides financial support to healthcare centers in Takhar, said the lack of potable water had given birth to many diseases in the province.
ADA head Dr. Wali Mohammad Rasikh said the absence of potable water in a number of areas of Takhar had caused bacterial illnesses, particularly to women and children.
He said his organization had appointed 1,051 people to create awareness among residents how to convert unclean water into potable water.
Takhar urban development and rehabilitation director Eng. Raz Mohammad Faiz said more than a hundred villages in Chahab, Rustaq, Hazar Samoch, Baharak, Bangi and Ashkmash districts faced a shortage of clean water.
He said they had tried a lot in the previous years to dig wells in the mentioned areas, but yielded no result due to deepness of water.
He said 17 water tanks had been prepared and would be sent in near future to 60 villages to supply the residents with clean water.
Faiz added the level of water in Takhar was very deep and water could be reachable from a depth of 210 meters.
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