Climate Change Deprives 21 Million Afghans of Access to Clean Water
10:00 - February 26, 2024

Climate Change Deprives 21 Million Afghans of Access to Clean Water

TEHRAN (ANA)- Climate change and frequent years of drought have deprived 21 million Afghans, almost half of Afghanistan's population, of access to potable water, Deputy Head of National Environment Program Agency (NEPA) Abdul Salam Haqqani said.
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"Twenty-one million people, which is half of the population of the country, face a lack of water and do not have access to drinking water," local television channel TOLOnews quoted Haqqani as saying.

Haqqani also noted that climate change has also destroyed 3 percent of the war-torn country's forests and decreased the rainfall by 37 percent.

Afghanistan has been experiencing years of drought, which led to a recession of underground water including in the national capital Kabul, as major parts of some 6 million people of the city have been facing extreme water scarcity.

In the meantime, Rohullah Amin, head of the climate change department of NEPA, according to the TOlOnews, has said that coping with the problems arising out of climate change requires an estimated 20 billion U.S. dollars.

Similarly, Afghanistan's Deputy Minister for Higher Education Lutfullah Khairkhwah has revealed that a global conference on climate change with the participation of Afghan and international experts will be held at Nangarhar University in the eastern city of Jalalabad in the coming days.


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