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Afghanistan to face coldest winter: ANDMA

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(Last Updated On: November 18, 2020)

Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) warns that the upcoming winter could be the coldest winter.

 Ghulam Bahaudin Jailani, State Minister for Disaster Management said Sunday that 25 provinces of the country could face flash floods and avalanches.

 Jailani, however, stated that the ANDMA is fully prepared to manage the situation, “I directed our colleagues to stay alert. Because if, God forbid, the raining or snowfalls continue, any incident would surely occur.”

Meanwhile, the two-day rain and snowfalls in the capital Kabul, however, were welcomed by citizens but it also resulted in widespread flooding of roads throughout the city.

The floods posed vast challenges to commuters as hundreds of pedestrians had to get a tax and hundreds of vehicles were stuck in heavy traffics for several hours.

State Minister for Disaster Management stated that deforestation, construction of houses along the river, and blocking the water canals and gutters by people cause floods to flow on the streets in Kabul city.

“Non-standard and illegal constructions in the city and blockage of gutters are the main reasons that make people suffer the most,” Jailani added.

People also accused Kabul Municipality of neglecting, stating that the entity has failed to manage the overflow of water in the city. 

A civil activist, Fawzia Saeedzada stated: “In the last 20 years, no mayor has been able to solve at least the water issue (overflow of water).”

Samira Rasa, a spokesperson for the Kabul municipality, however, stated that the organization would implement plans to prevent flooding in the city.

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Improved security boosts tourism in Shulgarh district in Balkh

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(Last Updated On: August 7, 2022)

Local officials in Balkh province said this week that domestic tourism has improved substantially and that in the past month, about 30,000 visitors have visited the popular Khwaja Sekandar Springs in Shulgarh district.

Officials said that Balkh tourist attractions are drawing in large numbers of visitors amid improved security, especially visitors to the springs.

Balkh residents have welcomed the growing number of visitors to their province and said this was largely due to improved security.

“The difference is big, in the past there was insecurity, now because of the security of this place, people come a lot,” said Ghulam Yahya, a tourist.

Since the IEA took control of the country, provinces around the country are reporting an increase in domestic tourism due to the improved security situation.

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More than 1,000 infected with severe diarrhea outbreak in Takhar

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(Last Updated On: August 7, 2022)

The Takhar Department of Public Health says that in the past three days, more than 1,000 people have been infected with severe diarrhea in Takhar province.

The public health officials said that most of the people infected live in the remote areas of Bangi and Ishkamish districts.

According to these officials, mobile health teams have been sent to the area to prevent casualties and to curb the spread of this disease.

A number of non-governmental health institutions have also started working to prevent casualties caused by this disease.

However, residents of the province have stated that there are no health centers in many remote areas in the province and asked government to establish mobile health centers in these areas.

Poor hygiene habits, hot weather and also the use of unsafe water are said to be the reasons for the spread of this disease.

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Work starts on new road to ease traffic in Kabul city

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(Last Updated On: August 7, 2022)

Kabul municipality officials said Saturday construction work on the new Wazir Akbar Khan to Sherpur road has started in order to reduce traffic congestion in the city center. 

Water culverts will also be included in the project that is being undertaken by the municipality’s Department of Work Maintenance and Monitoring of Kabul Municipality, Bakhtar reported.

The project, once completed, will cost 15 million Afghanis.

The new road will link Street 15 in Wazir Akbar Khan with Street 2 in Sherpur. Six properties along this section will be demolished to make way for the road.

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