$ 350 million required for national rural water supply program: MRRD
Wed Feb 08, 11:08 am
Lack of access to safe drinking water, health services, and agriculture are among the factors of mass migration from rural areas, Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD) says.
The Ministry has launched a study of under-ground water resources with the help of a Norwegian company to fix the problems, officials said.
“So far each institution that had launched programs for Afghans’ access to safe drinking water lacked a detailed survey of underground water. Currently, just 27 percent of the Afghan villagers have access to safe drinking water” said Jarullah Mansoori, the Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development.
Recent droughts have compounded the problems of the people. Access to safe drinking water has been the most challenging issue facing many of the people of Afghanistan, especially the villagers in the country, Mr. Mansoori added.
During the next three years, about $350 million dollars are required for a national program of rural water supply. These problems can’t be solved with short-term programs. Therefore, the infrastructure for managing and distributing water resources should receive increased attention, MRRD officials said.