MAIMANA (Pajhwok): About 70,000 litres of fuel were torched on Wednesday as a result of a blaze at the Aqina port in northwestern Faryab province, bordering Turkmenistan, an official said.
The fire broke out due to a short circuit of a generator transferring fuel from one tanker to another at 8:30am. The blaze was extinguished by firefighters after an hour and a half.
Sultan Sanjar, the administrative chief of Andkhoi district, told Pajhwok Afghan News two fuel tankers, containing 70,000 litres of fuel, were completely torched, The tankers belonging to the Daulatzada Company imported fuel from Turkmenistan.
Abdul MominZiyaee, the Ziyaee private firm head, said importers would have suffered losses worth millions of dollars if the fire had spread to other fuel storages at the site.
“Over the past 13 years, the government has been unable to execute even a small project for traders in Aqina. They still face a shortage of firefighting tools, potable water, electricity and roads.”
Aqina port is located in Andkhoi district on the border with Turkmenistan. Commercial goods are imported and domestic products exported through the port.