In the past 24 hours, heavy snow and rain fell in a number of areas, disrupting flights to and from Kabul airport, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) (OCHA).
“Additional snow and low temperatures are expected in the coming days,” UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric told reporters during the daily correspondents’ briefing in New York.
An already dire humanitarian situation in Afghanistan has worsened following the takeover by Taliban forces last August and the subsequent suspension of aid, coupled with asset freezes by many countries and international organizations .
At the end of last month, the security Council unanimously adopted a resolution paving the way for aid to reach Afghans in desperate need of basic support, while preventing funds from falling into the hands of the Taliban, a move hailed by the chief of ‘OCHA as a “historic” decision that will save lives.
During this time, humanitarian partners race against time to deliver aid and supplies – in accordance with the commitments to ramp up operations.
“During the month of December, our humanitarian partners provided seven million people with food relief across the country,” said Dujarric.
“The provision of wintering support, including cash and non-food items, is also underway in various parts of the country.”
In 2021, donors provided $ 1.5 billion for two humanitarian appeals, including $ 776 million of the $ 606 million required for the Flash call launched in September by the Secretary-General, and $ 730 million of the $ 869 million requested in the Humanitarian response plan.
The International Organization for Migration (IMO) expressed continuing concern for the millions of internally displaced people in Afghanistan while the United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, is stepping up its response to disseminate timely wintering assistance – especially to the most vulnerable displaced families.
UNHCR said it was providing on-going multipurpose cash assistance to meet their immediate warmth and security needs.
“Sustained support is essentialThe agency tweeted.
At the same time, Ezatullah Noori, the national emergency coordinator of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Afghanistan, noted that this was the third drought season in five years.
“If we do not support the agricultural sector on time, we will lose a vital pillar of the Afghan economy,” he warned.
Help in numbers
Since September 1, humanitarian partners in Afghanistan have reached:
- 9M people with food assistance.
- 201K children treated for acute malnutrition.
- 4M people with health care.
- 110K people with wintering assistance.