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Eshkamish district residents voice concerns about infrastructure, service delivery problems

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(Last Updated On: May 17, 2022)

Residents of Eshkamish district of Takhar province have raised concerns about the lack of facilities in the area stating there is a severe shortage of medicine at clinics, and not enough schools and a poor electricity supply.

They have in turn called on the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) to establish the facilities so as to provide basic public services.

Local officials have said they are prioritizing the needs of residents and looking for ways to resolve the problems.

According to locals, damaged roads, the lack of electricity, lack of medicine at clinics and a shortage of school buildings are the main problems in the district.

Village elder Hidatullah said: “We are requesting the Islamic Emirate officials cooperate with us in the reconstruction sector; we need a 50-bed hospital, they have promised us this in the past, but it has not happened.”

Another resident, Azizullah said: “Unfortunately our district is way behind with reconstruction activities; even in the past, little attention was given to the district, to its roads, bridges and schools, which are damaged.”

Residents in the districts are however satisfied with security and say they have no wish for conflict to return.

Another resident of the district, who preferred not to be named, said: “Those who are revolting, instead they can come forward, our nation has the courage to ask the Islamic Emirate for our rights through words.”

District chief, Lal Mohammad Zarqawi, said however that residents and officials should work together.

“If officials and the residents cooperate and consult with each other, the problems will be resolved, even if they are to do with reconstruction efforts.”

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IED explosion in Nangarhar leaves 2 dead, 28 wounded

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(Last Updated On: June 20, 2022)

At least two civilians were killed and 28 others including five members of the Islamic Emirate forces were wounded in an explosion on Monday in Nangarhar province.

The blast occurred in Ghanikhil district of Nangarhar, said district governor Mawovi Seddiqullah.

According to Seddiqullah, the incident happened in Shirgar market when a magnetic mine targeted a district health department vehicle.

The wounded have been taken to the provincial hospital.

“The injured were taken to Nangarhar regional hospital for treatment and their condition is stable,” Seddiqullah said.

So far no group has claimed responsibility for the blast.

UNAMA condemns this morning’s attack in a crowded bazaar in Nangarhar province which killed and wounded number of civilians, including some children.

Continuing attacks targeting civilians across #Afghanistan must cease immediately, UNAMA tweeted.

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Flash floods in Badakhshan destroy farms, houses and irrigation canals

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(Last Updated On: June 16, 2022)

Badakhshan officials confirmed Thursday that flash floods in the province have caused widespread destruction and financial losses across Zebak district. 

According to the head of Zebak development council, Fazal Ahmad Faizi, the worst hit areas in the district were Gul Khana, Dand, Dasht-e-Khan, Now Abad, and Khalkhan villages.

He said the floods were triggered by heavy rainfall in the area.

Speaking to Bakhtar News Agency, Faizi said the floods damaged 44 hectares of farmland, fields, eight houses, irrigation ditches, and a road that connects two villages.

Livestock was also lost in the floods. 

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Gem stone and minerals processing center opens in Badakhshan 

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(Last Updated On: June 14, 2022)

For the first time the Chamber of Industries and Mines, as well as a center for processing and selling gem stones and minerals have been established in Badakhshan province.

During his visit to Badakhshan province, the acting Minister of Economy inaugurated the new chamber and the gem stone center.

The purpose of establishing this center is to process precious and semi-precious stones for sale on the national and international markets.

The acting minister of economy, Din Mohammad Hanif, said at the opening of the center that although millions of dollars had flowed into Afghanistan in recent years, no basic work had been done to make Afghanistan self sufficient.

Hanif said billions of dollars had been spent in recent years, but added that aid has not been effective in rescuing Afghanistan from financial dependence. 

One example of this was that Afghanistan pays other countries $340 million for electricity. 

“One is the opening of the Chamber of Industries and Mines, and second is the opening of the processing center, and we take this as a good omen, and the Badakhshan that you see is really hopeful, and we have to move forward step by step,” said Hanif.

The executive director of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce says that Badakhshan has a huge assortment of gem stones and natural minerals, which will be processed through the new center and sold on both domestic and international markets. 

“Badakhshan is one of the richest provinces in the world. In the past, people knew little about Badakhshan. Badakhshan has ruby and lapis lazuli, but you should know that in Badakhshan there are more expensive things which other countries do not have,” said Rahimullah Samandar, executive director of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

Residents of Badakhshan also hope that the establishment of this center and the extraction of natural resources, especially precious stones, will provide them with jobs and employment.

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