Afghans struggle with clean water shortage

Deputy Prime Minister of Village Affairs Mohamed Tariq Ismeti said various diseases were a problem in 40,000 villages due to the lack of clean and healthy drinking water.

Afghans struggle with clean water shortage

World Bulletin/News Desk

People in Afghanistan where civil war, armed attacks and clashes have been taking place for years also have to struggle with drinking water problem as well as poverty.

The Afghanistan Ministry of Village Affairs stated that about 40,000 villages in the country had drinking water problems.

Deputy Prime Minister of Village Affairs Mohamed Tariq Ismeti said various diseases were a problem in aforesaid villages due to the lack of clean and healthy drinking water.

Only 30% of the country's population had chance of drinking healthy water according to latest assessments and it was essential to work at least 15 years to solve these problems, said Ismeti.

One of the cities having water problem is Faryab where about one million people live and, mainly children, are facing risks of serious disease due to water problem in the city.

A resident of Andhoy district of Faryab Ibrahim Kulli told Anadolu Agency that he had to carry water by bicycle from a water storage at a 15 km distance everyday.

An official of Afghanistan Ministry of Health Dr. Tawfiq Mashal declared that contagious diseases spred due to healthy and clean water shortage in many villages and hundreds of children died every year.

Although there are many rivers in Afghanistan, they cannot be benefited due to insufficient investment.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 02 Ağustos 2013, 14:45
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