Environmental pollution kills Afghan population
Afghanistan, Kabul, Jan. 18 / Trend , A.Hakimi/
Environmental pollution in Kabul city causes a concern for the Government. The Afghan government asks 100 million dollars from the international community to address the problem.
Environmental pollution caused a concern when the Afghan Parliament dismissed from office the Minister for Trade and Industry because of import of low-quality oil products, which polluted the environment.
Jarullah Mansouri, Advisor to the Chairman of the Afghanistan National Environmental Protection Agency, told Trend on Jan.18 that if the problem was not solved and the measures taken by the Government turned out fruitless, cancer boom would strike Kabul in near future, threatening thousands of people.
Sayyed Mohammad Amin Fatemi, Afghan Minister of Public Health, expressed his concern about the environmental situation. "The environmental pollution has increased death cases by 4 percent. A total of 3,000 Afghans a year die for this reason," he said.
Dad Mohammad Bahir, Afghan Deputy Minister for Ecology and Natural Resources, told Trend that the Government would improve control over exports of oil products and old vehicles. "A commission has been created under the control of President Hamid Karzai to take necessary measures and researches," he said, urging the international community to render 100 million dollars to remove the problem.