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New census finds Afghanistan population rises to more than 35 million

13 Mar 2018 1TV News

Afghanistan's population has increased from 30 to more than 35 million, a new census has found.

The census has been carried out using satellite imagery and remote sensing technology.

Based on data obtained by 1TV, population of some of northern province has declined by 80 percent while some provinces in south have had their population increased by 100 percent. Some central provinces have seen a decrease of 50 percent in their population.

Afghanistan’s first countrywide census was carried out in 1979. Early indications pointed to the figure of 15.5 million but later the population was announced to be between 25 and 30 million.

The United Nations projects that Afghanistan’s population will surge to 56.5 million by 2050.

The recent census was funded by the United Nations Population Fund and Gates Foundation. It was carried out over the past two years and was led by Central Statistics Organizations.

The United Nations Population Fund said that the new technology was used due to insecurity tough access to some villages.

The variables which are considered in the census include light during night, plants, rain, number of residential areas, residential areas density and distance from urban areas.

Some experts, however said that the real population of the country cannot be projected based on such variables.

While UN says that the census has been finished, CSO says that the survey hasn’t been completed yet.

The result of the survey will be published in a month, according to CSO.

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