Afghanistan: Drought pushes hundreds out of their homes in Kunar

More than 160 families have been forced to leave their homes in Asadabad, the center of the Kunar province in the east of the country, due to the severe drought that has gripped the region.

The impact of the drought has hit children particularly hard as Asadabad struggles with a drinking water shortage.

Locals, including children, are forced to travel long distances to rivers and fountains in search of clean water for themselves and their livestock.

“Most of the people have been forced to move close to the district governor’s office and those who left are facing hardship due to water shortage for them and their cattle,” said Abdul Hakim, a resident of Asadabad.

Frustrated by the lack of response from the government, the residents of Asadabad are now appealing to international organizations for assistance in providing access to clean drinking water.

The drought in the province has taken its toll on both the people and the animals, resulting in the need for urgent action.

Asadabad is home to over 170,000 people and residents have reported a drastic decrease in the water level this year, with wells reaching depths of 60 meters compared to last year’s accessible depth of 30 meters.