So much water is now being used that ground water levels in Helmand
are estimated to be falling by 3m a year.
The fear is that pretty soon the water will simply run out.
"Maybe this boom will not last longer than 10 years," says Orzala
Nemat, who runs the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, the
country's biggest think tank.
That won't just affect the people who have moved into the desert
areas, she says. It will affect the entire region.
More than 1.5 million people could be forced to migrate.
Sounds wonderful. Reminds me of this that I read a week or two ago.
We really need to look beyond small regions to recognise the absolute impact of actions and changes that people make