Harsh winter fuels ongoing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan

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UN humanitarians warned connected Tuesday that a harsh wintertime successful Afghanistan is aggravating already terrible conditions faced by millions crossed the country.

In the past 24 hours, dense snowfall and rainfall person impacted a fig of areas, disrupting flights to and from Kabul Airport, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

Heavy snowfall and rainfall person affected galore parts of Afghanistan successful the past 24 hours.

The harsh wintertime is compounding the terrible conditions that galore radical are facing.

We are racing against clip to present assistance and supplies.https://t.co/sh03OD1Q6p

— UN Humanitarian (@UNOCHA) January 4, 2022

“Further snowfall and debased temperatures are forecast successful the coming days”, UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told journalists astatine the regular briefing for correspondents successful New York.

Scaling up

An already dire humanitarian concern successful Afghanistan worsened pursuing the takeover by Taliban forces past August, and the consequent suspension of aid, coupled with freezing of assets by galore countries and planetary organisations.

Late past month, the Security Council unanimously adopted a solution clearing the mode for assistance to scope Afghans successful hopeless request of basal support, portion preventing funds from falling into the hands of the Taliban, a determination welcomed by the caput of OCHA arsenic a “milestone” determination that volition prevention lives.

Meanwhile, humanitarian partners are racing against clip to present assistance and supplies – successful enactment with commitments to standard up operations.

“During December, our humanitarian partners person reached 7 cardinal radical with alleviation nutrient supplies crossed the country”, said Mr. Dujarric. 

“Provision of winterization support, including currency and non-food items, is besides nether mode successful assorted parts of the country”. 

In 2021, donors provided $1.5 cardinal for 2 humanitarian appeals, including $776 cardinal of the $606 cardinal required for the Flash Appeal launched successful September by the Secretary-General, and $730 cardinal of the $869 cardinal sought successful the Humanitarian Response Plan.

    Raising concerns

    The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has expressed its continuing interest for the millions of internally-displaced successful Afghanistan portion the UN exile agency, UNHCR, is scaling up its effect to disseminate timely winterization assistance – peculiarly to the astir susceptible of displaced families.

    UNHCR said that it is providing ongoing multipurpose currency assistance to conscionable the their contiguous needs for warmth, and security.

    Sustained enactment is critical”, the bureau tweeted.

    At the aforesaid time, Ezatullah Noori, the nationalist exigency coordinator for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) successful Afghanistan, pointed retired that this is the 3rd play of drought successful 5 years.

    “If we don't enactment the cultivation assemblage successful time, we volition suffer an indispensable pillar of the Afghan economy”, helium warned.

    Aid successful numbers

    Since 1 September, humanitarian partners successful Afghanistan person reached:

    • 9M radical with nutrient assistanc.
    • 201K children with attraction for acute malnutrition.
    • 4M radical with healthcare.
    • 110K radical with winterization assistance.
    Heavy snowfall  blankets the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) successful  Kabul, Afghanistan.

    OCHA/Pierre Peron

    Heavy snowfall blankets the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) successful Kabul, Afghanistan.

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