“HAWZs and KANDAs (traditional water reservoirs) has been emptied weeks ago, People walk several hours every day to collect few buckets of water from Balkhab River or nearby springs existed in few villages only” Said Mohammad Dawood an elder of Kishindeh district.
This year northern Afghanistan is suffering from severe drought, caused by less snow in last winter which followed by lack of rainfall during spring 2011. Jawzjan, Faryab, Balkh and Sar-e-Pul are among the most affected province according to the assessments carried out by Afghan government, UN agencies and NGOs recently. Harvests have been almost entirely lost in rain-fed, while considerably decreased in irrigated areas. This has led to loss of income for most small farmers who have little or not harvest this year