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8 disaster prevention projects launched in Badakhshan

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AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Germany has launched eight disaster prevention projects in remote area of northeastern Badakhshan province at a total cost of 16 million Afghanis.

The projects were funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation through Badakhshan Natural Disaster Program (BNDP).

These projects include construction of protection walls, irrigation canals and forestation which will protect villagers and their lands. The projects will also protect houses and orchards from floods and other natural disasters.

The Community Development Councils (CDCs) had chosen Shahr-e-Buzarg, Kofab, Shukai and Khowan districts because of threats of floods, avalanches, earthquake and other natural disasters.

Realizing the risks, proper natural disasters prevention strategies were designed including small infrastructure and capacity development projects.

The Khowahan district chief, Ghafran Zaki, said that people were facing several challenges due to floods and other natural disasters. He said that the villagers were lacking forests and protection walls to protect their lands and had no irrigation canals to water their farmlands properly.

He added that floods destroy houses and crops every year, inflicting heavy financial loss on the villagers.