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Sunday, April 09, 2017
Kabul (BNA) the second line of the main highway linking the eastern Jalalabad city to Torkham will be completed in six months.
According to the local officials in Nangarhar, the two thirds of the line have been completed and the last phase will be completed in six months.
The provincial public works director Zabit Khan Mangal said efforts are underway to remove the main barriers along the second line of the highway to pave the way for the work to be started on its third and final phase.

Sunday, April 09, 2017
Mehtarlam (BNA) six people including two women were injured in a traffic accident in Kabul-Jalalabad highway.
The event occurred in Qarghai district, Laghman province, while two corolla cars crashed each other’s.
Sarhadi Zwak spokesman for Laghman governor told BNA, in the event six people including two women were injured.
He reported the health status of three injured critical.
He called the reason behind the incident is more speed and carelessness of the two drivers. 

Saturday April 8, 2017

Kabul (BNA) Dozens of houses, hundreds hectares of agricultural fields and gardens have been destroyed due to continued rainfall and floods in Herat province.
Officials for State Ministry of National Disaster Management and Afghanistan Red Crescent Society have informed of creating a committee in Herat and starting preliminary survey for providing assistance to flood-affected families. Deputy of plan and policy for state ministry of national disaster management Mohammad Qasim Haidari told that the new committee had started surveying of flood-affected families, adding that they would soon receive aids upon completion of the survey. According to Haidari, as no human loss has been reported so far due to recent floods in the province, but dozens of residential houses, hundreds acres of agricultural fields and orchards have been destroyed so far.
Meanwhile, head of international relations and public affairs for red crescent society Tayeb Yousufzai informed that a couple of teams including employees and volunteers of the red crescent society have been dispatched to the province, adding that the society’s volunteers had rushed to help Catastrophes caused by recent rainfalls, floods in Herat flood-affected families even on the day of catastrophe. Yousufzai further said all teams dispatched by the Red Crescent society have saved a large number of families being stuck in floods in various parts of Herat. Related to recent floods and incidents caused by rainfalls, head of natural disasters for Red Cross Abdul Rahman Kalantari asserted that five people had lost their life due to floods in the province, adding that they have been able to help and save families from flowing floods in Herat city. Previously, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani stressed that necessary measures should be taken for protection of people life from possible natural disasters caused by rainfalls and floods.
According to experts, Afghanistan government in particular Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority should have earlier preparation for such possible incidents so that urgent aids should be dispatched to affected families if needed. Representative of Herat people in parliament Naheed Farid considered the main reason of flowing recent floods in the province as un-construction of canalization system and lack of city master plan, adding that residents in Herat city have annually paid dozens millions of Afghani for cleaning and municipality taxes for the past 16 years, but unfortunately no serious attention had been paid to expansion and development of the city. She further said that such inattention to development of the city has caused that residents of Herat were facing each year due to rainfalls and flowing of floods on city’s roads and streets. Farid insisted that ministry of urban development should soon finalize Herat city master plan during the current year and implement city canalization program so that such incidents would not take place in future. It is said that Afghanistan is known as a country where natural disasters are common to happen. Last year the people were seriously affected in various parts of the country due to floods and continued rainfalls. State ministry for national disaster management, ministry of urban development, directorate of water management in framework of ministry of water and energy and directorates of municipalities in provinces and other relevant organ are working to manage, prevent such incidents and provide facilities to the people of Afghanistan.
Shukria Kohistani

Friday April 7, 2017
Kabul (BNA) It is estimated up to 700,000 refugees would return to Afghanistan in 2017 Hundreds of Afghan refugees have returned to their home country as voluntary repatriation of the refugees staying in Pakistan has been resumed after winter break. Already, hundreds of thousands of refugees have returned to their war-riddled country citing growing persecution in Pakistan as the main reason. Only in the latter half of the last year, some 600,000 refugees returned to Afghanistan after living in Pakistan for over three decades. Afghan officials said over a thousand more individuals returned on Monday. It is estimated up to 700,000 Hundreds of Afghan refugees return from Pakistan refugees would go back to Afghanistan in the current year that is already heavily reliant on foreign aid, while many parts of the country remain engulfed in brutal insurgency.
Fareedullah Khan, an official at the directorate of refugees and repatriation in eastern Nangarhar province bordering Pakistan, informed Anadolu Agency that 68 registered refugee families and nine non-registered refugee families returned to Afghanistan on Monday. “As per the plan, we are providing necessary financial aid and food items to the needy refugee families,” he said. Nearly 19,000 Afghan refugees have so far registered themselves in the recently resumed phase of voluntary repatriation, Waqar Maroof, head of Afghan Commissionerate in Pakistan told Anadolu Agency. So far, he said, around 1,200 refugees have crossed into Afghanistan via northwestern Torkham border. “This (repatriation) is purely on voluntary basis. Pakistan is fully committed to a tripartite refugee agreement, and no refugee possessing legal documents will be forced to leave the country,” he maintained. There are around 2.5 million Afghan refugees living in Pakistan, making it the largest refugee population after the Syrians in Turkey. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), more than 3.8 million refugees have been repatriated to Afghanistan since 2002 but many returned to Pakistan due to ongoing violence, unemployment and a lack of education.
Last month, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) held the government of Pakistan as well as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) responsible for abusing, threatening and driving out hundreds of thousands of Afghan refugees back to their restive country. In a 76-page report, “Pakistan Coercion, UN Complicity: The Mass Forced Return of Afghan Refugees”, Gerry Simpson, senior refugee researcher at the HRW and author of the report, blamed both Pakistan and the UNHCR for promoting the exodus. “Pakistan is bound by the universally binding customary law rule of refoulement to not return anyone to a place where they would face a real risk of persecution, torture or other ill-treatment, or a threat to life. This includes an obligation not to pressure individuals, including registered refugees, into returning to places where they face a serious risk of such harm,” the report reads. Many among the latest lot of returnees expressed mixed feelings about the developing situation. “I am little bit happy because after all this is my home country, but honestly speaking I am worried about the future of my children,” Lal Khan, newly repatriated Afghan said.

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