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Water shortage worries Nimroz farmers, residents

Water shortage worries Nimroz farmers, residents

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Apr 04, 2018 - 17:05

ZARANJ (Pajhwok): Hundreds farmers of southwestern Nimroz province have staged a peaceful protest against the lack of drinking and irrigation water and demanded the release of water from Helmand’s Kajaki dam to Nimroz province.

They said hundreds acres of farm land and scores of animals had been lost and if enough water did not release the standing farms would be lost as well.

Abdul Haleem, the resident of Chahar Burjak district told Pajhwok Afghan News: “hundreds acres of land on which wheat had been cultivated had lost due to drought and some animals were also lost.”

“Our farm lands converted barren due to the lack of water,” he said.

Mujahidullah Safari, deputy admin and finance head for the governor office, said the entire country was suffering from drought this year, adding the water storage at Kajaki dam dropped by 12 cm. he warned if the situation remained the same the Kajaki dam may get dry.

He hoped water from Kajaki dam would be released to Nimroz and particle steps in this regard would be taken in few days.

Governor Eng. Mohammad Sami acknowledged the water secrecy issue and added the people of Nimroz had been facing acute shortage of water and asked the concerned authorities to address the issue.

Lawmaker Farida Hemeedi said: “The residents of Nimroz have been facing water shortage issue and we hope the Helmand authorities to release water to Nimroz.

Meanwhile, Sultan Mahmood Mahmoodi, general director water distribution at the Ministry of Energy and Water called for 60 percent shortage of water in the country his year.

He called it a general issue and termed proper water distribution the only way to resolve the crisis.

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