The woman who threw herself into a deep well in Farah province in southwestern Afghanistan, according to local Taliban authorities, died as a result of the failed rescue operation.
Around 9:00 on Saturday, October 1, in the Deg Frosh area of the central district of Farah province, Farah city, a woman, who allegedly suffered from a mental illness, threw herself into water well.
The Taliban officials added that they took precautions to rescue the woman and attempted to save her, but she passed away during the rescue operation.
Some of the country’s provinces have seen an increase in the number of cases of people falling into deep wells in recent months, with victims rarely pulled out of the well alive.
This comes as the Taliban’s Ministry of Interior has recently issued a new directive ordering the covering of open and uncovered wells in response to an increase in deaths associated with wells throughout Afghanistan.
The Taliban government’s interior minister, Sirajuddin Haqqani, previously requested that water wells be covered and issued a warning that anyone found in charge of a well without a cover will be subject to legal consequences.
According to Abdul Nafi Takor, a spokesman for the Taliban government’s Ministry of Interior Affairs, Haqqani even instructed anyone who does not have the financial means to cover their wells to approach the ministry so they may receive assistance.