Numan Qardash

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Pollution and lack of infrastructure in Kabul

Published January 31st, 2013

While the initial geographic capacity of Kabul city allows to fit half a million people, the current population of the city, which is a consequence of long wartime migration, constitutes about five million. According to the findings of the New York Times, only 5 percent of the houses in Kabul are connected to central sewage system, "while most household waste flows straight into open roadside drains". As a result of hot summer, these waste flows dry and mix with already existing heavy dust, and make Kabul one of the most environmentally polluted cities in the world. Since the city is surrounded with mountains, this photo shows how people have built their houses on these mountains without taking into consideration any sort of infrastructural plans. With almost no sewage system, the waste of upstream houses flows through downstream houses. The lower the house is located, the more waste goes through it. On the other hand, the upper the house is built, the more difficult it is to elevate w ...

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