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Work underway to prevent further damages caused by Amu River

Residents of five provinces in the country’s north and north-east are facing with problems due to the none-stopped erosion of their agricultural lands by Amu River as there are no walls built to prevent from damages made by the river.
Meanwhile, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has dispatched a high-level delegation led by acting minister of agriculture, irrigation and livestock Mawlavi Attaullah Omari to assess the damages caused by Amu River waters to the agricultural fields.
Some residents in Northern provinces bordering the Amu River have complained against the none-stopped erosion of their agricultural lands by Amu River due to the non-existence of protective walls on the riverside.
The residents made fresh complaints in this regard at a time when a high-level government delegation has recently traveled to northern provinces to oversee the damage to the agriculture lands made by the Amu River waters threatening the country’s northern provinces particularly, Takhar, Kunduz, Balkh and Jawzjan, where the people depend on incomes coming from agricultural products.
The 534,769 square km of the Amu River drainage basin with 1,200 km length includes most of Tajikistan, the southwest corner of Kyrgyzstan, the northeast corner of Afghanistan, a narrow portion of eastern Turkmenistan and the western half of Uzbekistan. During the spring season, the river’s waters increase and start damaging agricultural fields in Afghanistan side.
Following problems of the residents of the districts of Takhar, Kunduz in the north-east of Afghanistan and Balkh and Jawzjan provinces in the country’s north, where the people live along the banks of the Amu River, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has tasked a delegation to assess the damages made by the river.
The delegation that has visited different districts of the respective provinces says that the people of these areas are facing a disaster. Mawlavi Ataullah Omari, the acting Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock of the Islamic Emirate, who was leading the delegation, says that there is a fear that thousands more families will be displaced from the districts bordering the Amu River.
“Dozens of villages, houses, schools, madrassas and holy places such as mosques have been destroyed by the Amu River and the people have been also displaced. The river’s waters have washed people’s houses and the residents live on the sands under the green sky. They have no water to drink, no place to live, no road and health center. These displaced people are facing with lots of problems,” said acting minister of agriculture, irrigation and livestock.
According to the delegation, the Islamic Emirate’s council of ministers have recently allocated 2 billion afghani urgent budget to construct protective walls along the Amu River in four provinces, but the amount is not sufficient as more 4 billion afghanis is needed to address the problems in the area. Work is underway to prevent the damages made by Amu River in the country’s northern provinces. Meanwhile, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan leadership has asked relevant domestic and international aid organizations to cooperate with the IEA and local people to solve this problem.
Samiullah Momand

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.