AIP/BBC Monitoring Svc1 Nov 01: US bombs hit largest Afghan dam
- US bombs hit largest Afghan dam - AIP
BBC Monitoring Service - United Kingdom; Nov 1, 2001
US warplanes on Wednesday evening bombed the Kajaki dam and power
station, in southwestern Helmand Province, Pakistan-based Afghan
Islamic Press news agency reported on Thursday.
A Taleban spokesman, Mola Amir Khan Motaqi, was quoted as saying the
bombing inflicted heavy damage on the dam and cut off the electricity
"Water has not started to gush out yet, but if it starts to flow
thousands of people will face the threat of death," he added.
According to Motaqi, the Kajaki dam is the largest in Afghanistan,
generating 150,000 kW/h of electricity. It has a storage capacity of
2-3bn cubic metres, occupies 150,000 ha of land and supplies 75,000
families with water, including their crops and animals.
The spokesman warned that if more bombs were dropped on the dam,
thousands of people would lose their lives and a large area would be
damaged, the agency added.
Source: Afghan Islamic Press news agency, Peshawar, in Pashto 0812
gmt 1 Nov 01