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Drought hits hard 50,000 families in Bamyan

Drought hits hard 50,000 families in Bamyan

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Sep 03, 2018 - 17:22

BAMYAN CITY (Pajhwok): The harsh drought in decades that gripped Afghanistaninfo-icon this year has affected around 50,000 families in central Bamyan province, local officials said Monday.

Abdul Wahab Mohammadi, the provincial agricultureinfo-icon, irrigation and livestock department head, told Pajhwok Afghan News about 50,000 families had been affected by the drought in 15,000 villages of the province.

According to the Natural Disasters Committee’s assessment, the Waris, Panjab and Sighan districts bore the brunt of the harsh drought while the provincial capital, Bamyan City, and Yakawlang district, faced a medium drought and Shebar and Kohmar districts faced with low drought.

Mohammadi said raining decreased by 40 percent this year, compared to last year’s downpours. He further said the Natural Disasters Committee planned to distribute 1,500 tons of wheat among drought-hit families, but the aid seemed insufficient considering the number of affected families.

Mohammadi said the drought might produced other consequences such as unemployment and displacement in search of water and that was why the Natural Disaster and Assessment Committee's team has been investigating to determine the extent of damages caused by drought.

He admitted the 1500 tons of wheat would not be enough but said the agriculture department was trying approach charity organizations for more assistance.

Meanwhile, Provincial Council member Mohammad Ali Mahmoodi told Pajhwok that the Waris district had been hit hard by drought, where Shai, Sakharjoe, Moshak and Panjandod villages lacked drinking water and villagers fetched drinking water from a five kilometers distance.

He said local residents were deeply concerned about the drought and they had no option but to sell their livestock at low prices.

Mahmoodi said in a month or two, Waris district residents might leave their homes due the drought.

Ali Mohammad, a resident of Panjab district, said he migrated to Bamyan City with family for lacking food to eat.

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