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Demonstrators demand protection from floods

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JALALABAD, Dec 29 (Pajhwok Afghan News): Almost three hundred residents of eastern Nangarhar province came out to the streets on Saturday asking the government to protect their villages from flood devastation of Kabul River.

The demonstrators got together in Narmasi village of Behsud district and blocked Jalalabad-Kunar highway for all kind of traffic for some time.

Protestors speaking through a loudspeaker warned they would close the highway for longer times unless their demands were met.

Speaking on behalf of the protestors, Hafizullah told Pajhwok Afghan News that thousands of residents in the villages of Narmasi, Beniga, Mirano and Banghar and Belai areas were faced with a probable flooding in the summer.

“We face great disaster unless protective walls were constructed on the sides of the river before the summer”, he warned.

A local construction company, named Ihsan, built some protective walls in the area, he complained, the floods last year swept away the walls.

Engineer Abdul Sattar an official of the Rural Rehabilitation department agreed that the villages were faced with probable flood threats; he complained lack of facilities to help resolve the problem.

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Written by afghandevnews

December 31, 2007 at 6:03 pm

Posted in Natural Disasters

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