Afghan gov't builds water canals in Ghor, Kunar provinces

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FIROZ KOAH, Afghanistan, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- The Afghan Ministry of Rural Development and Rehabilitation has constructed a water canal in western Ghor province that provides drinking water to more than 900 families, said a statement of the ministry released here Thursday.

Built at a cost of 14.6 million afghani (about 190,800 U.S. dollars) and financed by the government, the canal, in addition to irrigating thousands of acres of land, also used 34,325 km pipes to distribute flowing water to houses in several villages in and around Ghor's provincial capital Firoz Koah.

The project is the first of its kind in the relatively restive and poor province that provides drinking water to those living in and around the provincial capital.

A couple of weeks ago, the government also inaugurated two water canals in eastern Kunar province.

Built at a cost of 143 million afghani in Narang and Khas Kunar districts, the canals in addition to irrigating more than 2,000 hectares of land also benefit more than 35,000 families, according to local officials. (1 U.S. dollar equals 76.50 afghani) Enditem

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