Parts Of Kabul Uninhabitable Due To Groundwater Pollution


Residents of Afghanistan’s restive, teeming capital have struggled for years with terrorist attacks, a lack of services, a booming population, clogged traffic, and toxic air. A study by the nongovernmental organization Fikr earlier this year established that in many areas of Kabul groundwater is contaminated with pathogens that pose a serious risk to human health. A study of Kabul aquifers published last year established that water supply to the Afghan capital “is at serious risk due to groundwater over abstraction and severe contamination by sewage.” Faiz Mohammad Misaq, a physician in Kabul, says waterborne diseases are on the rise in the capital. “We are seeing increased cases of diarrheal diseases, typhoid, and other diseases caused by bacteria and pathogens that thrive in polluted groundwater,” he said.