Widespread Rains, Snowfalls Claim 11 Lives In Afghanistan

Taliban authorities said on Thursday that heavy snowfalls and incessant rains have left at least 11 people dead in different provinces across Afghanistan.

The Ministry of State for Disaster Management of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan said in a statement that snowstorms and rains struck Kabul, Helmand, Nimroz, Farah, Nangarhar, Badakhshan, Jawzjan, Takhar and Kandahar provinces, in which 20 more people were wounded in rain-related incidents.

Dozens of people trapped in snow in different provinces were also rescued in the past three days, the statement added.

Taliban’s Deputy Prime Minister, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar has instructed all the related-departments to immediately provide emergency relief to those affected by the recent rains and snowfalls, according to the statement.

This is as the UN humanitarian agencies had recently warned that a harsh winter in Afghanistan is aggravating already severe conditions that are challenging millions of Afghans across the country.

The spokesperson of the General Secretary of the United Nations, Stéphane Dujarric, announced that based on the estimates of the UN Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), they have so far collected $1.5 billion to address the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.

Dujarric furthered that provision of winterization support, including cash and non-food items, is also under way in various parts of the country.

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