HIGH WATER EVERYWHERE: FLOOD PROTECTION IN SHADE BARA

Two years ago, Usman Noorzai was standing in his village of Shade Bara when he heard a rumbling sound.

“We looked up, and saw tremendous flood waters coming down from the mountains. We were fixated with fear.”

Shade Bara is particularly at risk of flooding. It lies at the bottom of a floodplain in the Injil district of Herat, and is bounded by mountains on one side, and a river on the other.

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Children in Shade Bara village of Injil district in Herat province. Photo © UNDP / S. Omer Sadaat / 2018

 

Ezatulah, a community elder, also remembers the floods.

“All my sheep were killed. We just ran to hide and recited the Holy Quran. We knew only God could save us and we had to pray for mercy.”

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