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Climate change causes early snowfall

By: Edriss Akbary

Following the recent snow and rainfalls in some parts of the country, the MoWE reported on regime change of snow and rainfalls.
According to Water Resources Department, MoWE this year snow and rainfalls have started earlier in five river regions on Mizan 13th in different times and places respectively. Change in snowfall regime indicate impacts of climate change on water resources and falling regime.
Based on latest reports, snow and rainfall started in Takhar, Badakhshan, Kunduz Baghlan, Bamyan, Paktya, Wardak, Laghman, Kunar, Nooristan, Parwan and Kabul provinces on 13th of Mizan (6th Oct).
According to available reports, snowfall reached to 75cm in northern Salang, 50 cm in southern Salang, 15cm in Hajigak pass, and 3cm in Gardandivall. It has been said that in 3500 meter elevations of Badakhshan, Takhar, Baghlan, Bamyan, Nooristan, Laghman, Paktya snowfall took place but rainfall in lower elevation.
Due to rainfalls, floods overflown in some provinces and according to officials of the Ministry of State for Emergency Situation and Natural Disasters, as a result over 30 residential houses were partially or completely destroyed in Kunar, Parwan and Laghman provinces.
Due to snow and rainfalls, floods and mountain slide Kabul-Jalalabad, Kabul-Bamyan and Kabul-Balkh highways have been closed for passengers.
Dew fall impacts agricultural products. Simultaneous with snow and rainfall, the officials of the MoAIL said that snowfall has left negative impacts in some parts of Kabul province on agricultural products. In an interview with media, spokesman of the MoAIL Akbar Rostamy said, products of a number of farmers in Deh Sabz and Farza districts, Kabul province have been damaged due to dewfall.
He added, during dewfall in these districts, grapes and tomatoes products have been destroyed but in Shakar Dara, Gul Dara and Mir Bachakot districts despite of rainfall, agricultural products have been slightly damaged. Fortunately large quantities of agricultural products in northern districts of Kabul province had already been harvested and were supplied to local markets.
It has been said that grape products increased than past years, this year in Kabul and other provinces. Premature snowfall has started this year at a time that grapes and tomatoes products were not harvested in some parts of the country yet and have been posing with the risk of destruction.
Late last year, due to snow and rainfalls and as a result of floods, over 20000 houses were partially and completely destroyed in a number of provinces and based on available data, over 10000 people from 19 provinces had been displaced to adjacent provinces, over 100 people died and about 237 people were injured while Afghan farmers were suffering of drought.

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