The Islamic Emirate is considering construction on the banks of the Amu River.
A delegation comprised of officials of several ministries traveled to the north of the country to assess the situation alongside the Amu river.
Mujeeb Rahman Omar, acting Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock said that due to lack of walls on the banks of the river, thousands of houses, which are located near the river, have been destroyed in five northern provinces.
“We call on the charity and aid organizations--this is the time and place for attention. The plans and goals that you consider can be implemented here,” he said.
The deputy Minister of Energy and Water, Ataullah Omari, said that implementation of the project will cost two billion Afs in the short term.
“Our technical and professional teams have conducted an estimation. We have short-term and long-term plans. In the long term, we estimated a cost of six billion Afs and in the short term it costs two billion,” said the acting Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock.
The findings of the delegations show that a gold mine is endangered by the river bank's erosion.
“There is a gold mine alongside the river, which approximately has 30 tons of gold. This mine is in danger of the river,” said Zia Rahman Aryoubi, deputy Minister of Mines and Petroleum.
The Amu River starts in Badakhshan province. It is 2,400 kilometers long, and 1,200 kilometers of it are along Afghanistan’s shared borders with Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.
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