Disaster-stricken people of Afghanistan in need of immediate assistance: OCHA

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The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reports that the calamitous earthquake and floods in certain Afghan provinces have affected thousands of people, leaving them in immediate need of humanitarian aid, as winter is coming.

According to UNOCHA, only 42% of the request for humanitarian assistance for Afghanistan had been financed as of Wednesday, September 7.

The UN office urged support for Afghanistan’s poverty-stricken, disaster-affected people on Twitter, writing, “We must act now!” According to the UN humanitarian office, a population of over 24 million Afghans is in dire and immediate need of humanitarian aid. Amir Khan Muttaqi, the Taliban government’s acting Minister of Foreign Affairs, previously stated in a press conference that the group is unable to provide for the victims of recent natural disasters on its own, appealing for international aid. According to the Taliban official, the recent floods in Afghanistan resulted in 200 fatalities, 300 injuries, and the destruction of thousands of acres of farming fields in addition to 12,000 residential structures. Considering that these aids reach the needy Afghan people, who now more than ever need it, Muttaqi urged the international community not to relate humanitarian aid with “political matters.”

Nonetheless, the recent political turmoil in Afghanistan and the associated ramifications of the installation of the Taliban rule have placed the people of Afghanistan to undergo one of the “worst” humanitarian crises on Earth.

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