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December 11, 2018
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US assists $40 million to drought-affected people in Afghanistan

Assistance program to drought-affected people would be executed by the World Food Program (WFP) and the ministry of agriculture. Australia and Britain are among the countries that have taken part in this program.
Economic experts believe that the government of Afghanistan should take necessary measures to fight drought and it should ask welfare entities to assist the draught-affected people in twenty provinces.
An economic expert Saifuddin Saihoun told The Kabul Times many northern and northwestern provinces such as Badghis, Farah, Daikundi, Samangan, Sheberghan and Ghor province are experiencing the drought and they sustained many loses in this respect.
He added in some areas, even the people have been forced to leave their homes and take shelter in a better place.He said these people were internally displaced people and the government and welfare entities should help them, otherwise, they would probably be facing many other problems.
At the same time, US world development administration has recently assisted over $40 million to drought-affected people in Afghanistan.
The assistance has been given to WFP and residents of twenty provinces would benefit that.
It is merit to mention that under the program, 60 tons of wheat from the agriculture ministry silos would be given to WFP and the US world international administration would pay for their process and transfer.
US ambassador in Kabul said, “The US humanitarian assistance would help the Afghan government to address drought problems.”
He added the US would continue cooperation with Afghanistan in different fields.
US world development administration is the greatest supporter of WFP in Afghanistan and it has assisted around $68 million to the organization this year.
WFP head in Afghanistan said, “Since a year, WFP has been making effort to help drought-affected people in Afghanistan. We have helped nearly half a million people in two stages, but the number of affected people is getting increased.”
The minister of agriculture Nasir Ahmad Durani said Afghanistan was recently facing severest drought and serious assistances are needed to tackle it.
This is while a number of internally displaced people have recently settled in some parts of the capital Kabul and are waiting to receive humanitarian assistances.
Shukria Kohistani

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