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WFP calls for humanitarian aid in Afghanistan

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Fidel Rahmati
Fidel Rahmati
Fidai Rahmati is the editor and content writer for Khaama Press. You may follow him at Twitter @FidelRahmati

The United Nations World Food Programme has stated that the available resources to address the emergency situation in Afghanistan are insufficient.

It emphasized that $1.6 billion is needed this year to meet the needs of the needy, flood victims, and returnees in the country.

On Friday, June 7, this organization published a report stating that most people in Afghanistan require this budget for emergency food, nutrition, and livelihood support.

According to the report, the World Food Programme faces a budget shortfall of $510 million to continue its operations over the next six months (June to November).

The organization stressed that sudden floods in six provinces have destroyed villages and thousands of homes, submerged farmlands, and drowned people’s livestock, requiring over $27 million for relief efforts.

According to the World Food Programme, people in flood-affected areas were already facing poverty and hunger, and the recent floods have increased their needs.

The report mentions that 25 provinces were affected by the recent floods, and an additional $14.5 million is urgently needed over the next six to twelve months to address the escalating humanitarian and health crises and reach flood-affected communities across the country.

The World Food Programme has reported providing food or cash assistance to over 24,000 families in flood-affected areas of the country.

According to this report, the World Food Programme assisted over 339,000 returnees last year, and $12.7 million is needed to continue this assistance this year.

Additionally, the organization warned that from May to October this year, it could only cover about one million needy people per month in Afghanistan, leaving 11 million others without access to food aid due to budget shortages.

Meanwhile, the United Nations and aid organizations have consistently warned of rising levels of poverty and hunger in Afghanistan, stating that floods and the expulsion of refugees have exacerbated these needs.

Moreover, the World Food Programme added that four million people, including 3.2 million children under five, suffer from severe malnutrition in Afghanistan, and 23.7 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance.

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