Water crisis in Afghanistan
July 6th 2011
Only 48 percent of Afghanistan’s population have access to safe drinking water and only 37 percent use improved sanitation facilities — with serious health implications, especially for children, according to the UN Children’s Fund.
While some parts of the country are physically water scarce, most people lack access to safe water because of inadequate infrastructure and poor management rather than insufficient resources, says a report published by the Centre for Policy and Human Development at Kabul University.
“During three decades of turmoil in Afghanistan, water supply infrastructure has been neglected or destroyed, while the relevant institutions responsible for management and service delivery have collapsed,” said the report entitled Afghanistan Human Development Report 2011.
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