Pajhwok Afghan News

Hopes as snow hits Kandahar in 24 years

KANDAHAR CITY (Pajhwok): Districts near the capital of southern Kandahar province were hit by first enough snow in 24 years early on Saturday morning, raising hope for improved agriculture harvests this year.

A large number of people including women and children in Kandahar City, the provincial capital, set out for nearby areas to watch the unusual scene.

The provincial Agriculture Department said the snow began on Saturday and fell for a few hours measuring up to four centimeters.

Taj Mohammad, who visited Aman district with his family, told Pajhwok Afghan News that he was enjoying the snow.

He said Kandahar had received a few years ago a very little snowfall, but the kind of snowfall the province received on Saturday was the first in 24 years.

Taj Mohammad said the snowfall had spread a wave of happiness among local people.

Mohammad Salim, another resident, who carried an effigy made of snow on his car along with national flags, had written on the effigy: “We want peace.”

He said people viewed the snowfall after decades as a good omen for peace and stability in the country. “We are tired of wars and bloodshed, the conflict has killed all our hopes. We pray to God that this year sees an end to the war and killings.”

Orchard owners, farmers and livestock owners all were happy over the snowfall.  Mohammad Zahir, a resident of Arghandab district, said rains rarely lashed Kandahar and there had been a long running dry spell.

He said so far not only enough rains had fallen but snow also fell, raising many hopes for a prosperous year.

Zahir said the level of water had increased at Dehla Dam after the rains and the increase would benefit farmers.

Agriculture department official Mohammadullah Noori said the snow was measured at four centimeters, but in some areas near Kandahar City, it was recorded as up to 30cm.

Noori confirmed the amount of snow falling on Saturday was in 24 years. He said 40 years ago similar snowfall had taken place in Kandahar.

He said so far rains measuring 120cm had hit Kandahar this year, but there was a need for 400 to 450cm of rains.

He said further rains were expected as one and a half months were remaining in winter season.

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