Swollen Amu and Kundoz Rivers threaten hundreds of homes
Tue Jun 19, 10:58 am
Fast-melting snow has caused the Amu and Kundoz Rivers to rise to dangerous levels and has put the lives of hundreds of residents in danger. People living in close proximity to the swollen rivers are predicting huge disasters.
The residents warn if the river banks are not consolidated soon, hundreds of homes will be destroyed and thousands of families will be forced to leave the area.
Based on the reports from the coastal areas of River Amu, nearly six hundred houses and more than eight hundred acres of village land along the river are entirely at risk of severe flood damage. Because of the rising floodwaters, dozens of families have fled the villages.
Qalazal Bridge, connecting key roads for thousands of citizens, may be destroyed by the swollen rivers . It was built during the past ten years costing more than $1 million dollars.
“The coastal areas of River Amu are in complete danger. Tajikistan is directing the water pressure towards Afghanistan. If the government failed to take serious measures in this respect, hundreds of acres of our crops and gardens will be destroyed,” said one of the residents of coastal areas of River Amu.
Expressing concerns on the severity of risks due to water rise in River Amu, the local officials said strong efforts were underway to consolidate the river banks.
The Amu – also called the Oxus – is the longest river in Central Asia, with a basin including the territories of Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.