Jawzjan: Children among 3 drown in Amu River
SHIBERGHAN (Pajhwok): Two children and a young man drowned in the Amu River in Qarqin district of northern Jawzjan province, an official said on Sunday.
The Jawzjan governor’s spokesman, Mohammad Reza Ghafori, told Pajhwok Afghan News the three fell into the river when a wall of their house on the river’s beach collapsed.
The children and the man were trying to take out windows and doors of their house after being damaged by waves of the river.
Ghafori said around 200 houses had been destroyed by waves of the Amu River in Qarqin district over the past three months. Thousands of other houses were at risk of collapse, he said.
“We have repeatedly shared this problem with the central government, but there has been no positive response. A large number of people may lose their houses if the problem is not paid attention,” Ghfaroi said.
Abdul Rashid, a resident of Khan Tapa area of the district, said damages caused by the Amu River’s waves increased during the past one month and forced many families to leave their houses.
“The waves are becoming powerful with each passing day and several families have fled their homes during the past one month,” he said.
Egam Berdi, another dweller of the district, said most residents of the district living along the river would lose their homes if the government did not pay attention to the issue.
Qarqin district is 150 kilometers from Shiberghan, the capital of Jawzjan. The Amu River flows for 40 kilometers in the district and people lose homes and farmland to the river’s waves every year.
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