Several officials of the Islamic Emirate expressed their concerns at the Global Climate Change Week meeting about the negative impacts of climate change on the country.
Abdul Salam Hanafi, the second deputy to the prime minister, said during a gathering marking Global Climate Change Week that people have been hurt by floods and that rainfall has been reduced due to climate change in the west, north, and northwest of the country.
"One of the negative effects of climate change in our country is the disruption of the balance of rainfall and untimely snowfalls," Hanafi said.
According to the Ministry of Public Health, more than 2,000 people die annually as a result of respiratory illnesses and air pollution, which are caused by climate change.
"Even though the fight against climate change has been ongoing for a while, efforts and work in this area are still necessary," said Hafiz Aziz Rahman, head of the National Environment Department.
At the gathering, the Foreign Ministry's deputy minister Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai said the "Soviet Union, NATO, and US" used various weapons in Afghanistan that contributed significantly to environmental damage. He asked the world to assist Afghanistan in this area.
"Not only us, but the entire world has a responsibility to work with us in this area because they have harmed Afghanistan's air, space, and environment, and the world's countries have contributed to this," Stanikzai said.
"Restrictions should be imposed on them if there are any firms, companies, or cars that are out of the ordinary and hurt the world,” said the acting Minister of Refugee and Repatriation, Khalil Rahman Haqqani.
Kabul’s air becomes more polluted, especially in the cold season, as a result of non-standard fuels, particularly coal, plastic, and petrol-burning vehicles, and Kabul residents are at risk of a variety of illnesses.