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Commemorating World Water Day in Kabul

World Water Day was celebrated in a ceremony held at Kabul University in the presence of representatives from the Ministries of Energy and Water, Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation, Kabul University professors, and students. The event was attended by the officials of the Islamic Emirate and university professors who delivered a speech concerning the significance of water, considering it an elixir of life and a fundamental driver in the emergence of human beings’ civilization. Attending the program, they stated that the use of water has increased over the past century since the population increased, life standards elevated, economic growth and development of industrial and agriculture. Such factors have led to an increase in the use of water globally compared to the world’s population. The officials from the related organs also stated that Afghanistan has many water resources, and by managing them, we can fulfill the needs of the Afghan people, particularly Kabul residents. The head of publication in Meteorological Authority, Mohammad Nasim Muradi, said that the majority of the Kabul residents are grappling with water scarcity, which should be addressed by the relevant institutions. Speaking at the ceremony, he stated that the water resources should be managed appropriately to fulfill the water needs of the Kabul residents. Muradi also urged the related governmental entities and the high-ranking officials of the Islamic Emirate Afghanistan to transfer the water from Panjshir province into Kabul as soon as possible so that it could address the challenge of water scarcity in the capital, Kabul. “Afghanistan has 5 aquifers and, unfortunately, its water has been increasing annually as per the research and estimations,” said Asadullah Rahmatzai, a professor at Kabul University. “We have two kinds of water resources, one of which is surface and the other is underground,” he said. Moradi further added that according to the reports and figures presented previously, we have a total of 57 billion cubic meters of water in 5 surface water resources, which has now decreased to its lowest point. It comes as the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has already urged the Afghan people, in a statement, to turn off their houses’ lights for one hour. “Today marks an hour dedicated to the Earth, reminding us that taking small steps in combating climate change can make a big difference,” the organization stated on its social media platform X on Saturday. On the one hand, although Afghanistan has many water resources in most of its provinces, the people in the country have been grappling with water scarcity due to a lack of sound and proper management of the country’s water resources. We have always witnessed the residents of the country facing a shortage of water, particularly in the western part of Kabul. On the other hand, the lack of awareness programs regarding the proper use of water among the people and an increase in the country’s population, particularly in the Capital, Kabul, are among the drivers that have led to the increased problems. Mohibullah Mayar

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.