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Snow lashes Nimroz for 2nd time in 6 years


Snow lashes Nimroz for 2nd time in 6 years

Feb 04, 2017 - 17:08

ZARANJ (Pajhwok): Residents and farmers in southwestern Nimroz province on Saturday said snowfall lashed the province for a second in six years, hoping for enough agriculture produce.

Mohammad Akbar Sharifi, the provincial Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock Department head, told Pajhwok Afghan News the snow hit Nimroz for a second time this year on Friday night, ending a six-year-old dry spell.

In Zaranj, the provincial capital, citizens measured six centimeters of snow. They were upbeat about a significant increase in agricultural production this year.

They termed the snowfall a good omen for development and improvement of the agriculture as last year’s harvests of melon and water-melon were 170,000 tonnes including 35,000 tonnes of wheat. The harvests were expected to increase by 20 to 30 percent.

“Snowfall leaves a good effect on underground water, it swells up water wells; because Nimroz faces deficit water and underground water wells are utilized.”

He said earlier less rainfall had been predicted in the province; but against the prediction snow fell for a second time and now more rain was expected.

Masood, a resident and a shopkeeper in Zaranj city, said: “Inshallah, there will be more snowing and raining.” He said the snow and rainfalls would increase water in rivers and reduce diseases associated with dry spell.

Mohammad Akbar, a farmer in Nimroz, said: “Even a drop of water when falls from the sky, it gives much pleasure.”

Nimroz is among provinces which lack water. Rain falls in the province four or five times a year and snowfalls with intervals from some six to eight years.