Harsh winter fuels ongoing humanitarian disaster in Afghanistan


Up to now 24 hours, heavy snowfall and rain have impacted various areas, disrupting flights to and from Kabul Airport, in line with the Workplace for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

“Additional snow and low temperatures are forecast within the coming days”, UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric advised journalists on the day by day briefing for correspondents in New York.

Scaling up

An already dire humanitarian scenario in Afghanistan worsened following the takeover by Taliban forces final August, and the following suspension of support, coupled with freezing of belongings by many international locations and worldwide organisations.

Late final month, the Safety Council unanimously adopted a decision clearing the way in which for support to achieve Afghans in determined want of primary assist, whereas stopping funds from falling into the fingers of the Taliban, a transfer welcomed by the top of OCHA as a “milestone” choice that may save lives.

In the meantime, humanitarian companions are racing in opposition to time to ship support and provides – consistent with commitments to scale up operations.

“Throughout December, our humanitarian companions have reached seven million folks with reduction meals provides throughout the nation”, stated Mr. Dujarric.

“Provision of winterization assist, together with money and non-food objects, can also be below approach in varied elements of the nation”.

In 2021, donors offered $1.5 billion for 2 humanitarian appeals, together with $776 million of the $606 million required for the Flash Enchantment launched in September by the Secretary-Basic, and $730 million of the $869 million sought within the Humanitarian Response Plan.

Elevating issues

The Worldwide Group for Migration (IOM) has expressed its persevering with concern for the thousands and thousands of internally-displaced in Afghanistan whereas the UN refugee company, UNHCR, is scaling up its response to disseminate well timed winterization help – significantly to probably the most susceptible of displaced households.

UNHCR stated that it’s offering ongoing multipurpose money help to satisfy their rapid wants for heat, and safety.

Sustained assist is vital”, the company tweeted.

On the similar time, Ezatullah Noori, the nationwide emergency coordinator for the Meals and Agriculture Group (FAO) in Afghanistan, identified that that is the third season of drought in 5 years.

“If we do not assist the agricultural sector in time, we’ll lose an important pillar of the Afghan financial system”, he warned.

Support in numbers

Since 1 September, humanitarian companions in Afghanistan have reached:

  • 9M folks with meals assistanc.
  • 201K kids with remedy for acute malnutrition.
  • 4M folks with healthcare.
  • 110K folks with winterization help.


OCHA / Pierre Peron

Heavy snow blankets the UN Workplace for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Kabul, Afghanistan.

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