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Over 2 million Afghans at risk this winter, UN warns

By Sajad - Wed Dec 12 2012, 9:57 pm

Afghanistan winterMore than 2 million Afghans are at risk from cold, disease and malnutrition this winter as an international appeal for funds to help one of the world’s poorest countries has fallen drastically short of its goal, the United Nations and several humanitarian agencies are warning.

Only 48 percent of $448 million that has been requested to help 8.8 million Afghans had been pledged by the end of November, according to the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Wednesday’s warning comes as an international appeal for funds to help Afghanistan — one of the world’s poorest countries — has fallen drastically short of its goal.

Around 400,000 people are living in some of the most remote mountainous areas in northern and central Afghanistan however preparations are under way to help Afghans deal with harsh winter conditions.

This comes as Afghanistan experienced coldest winter weather last year and a heavy snowfall which was rare during the past 15 years where dozens of people were killed following cold weather and avalanches.

Mohammad Daim Kakar, director of the Afghan National Disaster Management Authority said, “People live in remote areas with no access to health facilities. Many people die of pneumonia and measles.”

United Nation and othr humanitarian agencies operating in Afghanistan are saying that there are high-risk in 20 provinces of Afghanistan and immediate supply of food, fuel and medical supplies are needed to prevent humanitarian crisis.

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