Afghanistan: UNDP assists in flood prevention at Chak-e Wardak Dam
UNDP, the Afghanistan Emergency Trust Fund, and the Ministry of Energy and Water, took emergency action to address the threat. The co-operative effort saw a rapid response through immediate financing, planning and implementation of a 16-metre ancillary gate that could hold the water whilst the rusted gates were lifted and repaired. As the waterflow came under control, the pressure was eased off the dam structure and the risk of flooding ceased. Villagers who had evacuated themselves in fear of the floods, returned to their homes and farms.
The entire cost of the project was US$18,000, a small amount of money that had untold affect on the lives and livelihoods of Wardak residents. Central to the success of this project was the timely co-operation of all participants: UNDP, AETF and the Ministry of Energy and Water.