Rain fell in drought-hit areas of Afghanistan on Tuesday, Hans Brink, programme manager for the FAO for Afghanistan, told IRIN in Islamabad. Brink confirmed that “good heavy rain” had fallen around the south eastern province of Kandahar but said the FAO was waiting for reports to come in from the field before it could assess the significance of the rainfall. “It is good news. It is showing that the rainy season patterns which occur prior to planting may be returning to normal. It is too early to say whether this could be the end to the drought”, Brink said.
He could not confirm earlier reports that rain had also fallen in the western Afghan province of Herat, the northwestern province of Faryab or the southwestern province of Nimroz. However, Kandahar region had seen “clouds and storms, not just a few millimetres”, he said.
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