By: Shukria Kohistani
KABUL: Spokesman for the State Ministry on natural disaster affairs has said that much has been done for the internally displaced people, and the ministry has distributed both edible and non-edible items among them in different parts of the country.
In an exclusive interview with The Kabul Times, Tamim Azizi said that nearly 116,000 families have displaced during the harsh winter and cold weather this year and provided with edible and nonedible items in the areas, they sought asylums.
According to the official, some 80 percent of the IDPs have found aids of various types including cash assistance during the government related organs process of aid teams.
In different parts of the country, many families have suffered from seasonal snow storms and avalanches, as according to Azizi, 70 people suffered heavy and light injuries and 50 others lost their lives during the natural disaster incident.
He also said 400 house have sustained partial damage, while more than 30 others completely destroyed during the recent heavy snow and rainfall.
“All of them received aids from the government related entities,” said the official.
The total of the aids provided and expected to be distributed by the donor agencies among the winter affected people, he said were 887 million Afghanis, major part of which would be distributed by the counter-natural disaster authority and the remaining by the aid agencies, the spokesman added.
The administration, according to him, has rescued over 800 people at the merge of being drown by the flash floods in the country’s southern Kandahar province, while for those traveling from Kabul to the northern provinces, emergency rooms have been provided along the highway across the intractable Salang pass.
He said in the country’s 33 provinces, all-out precaution efforts have been made to provide aids of various types for the displaced people or those fearing to suffer the most possible heavy snowfall and cold weather.
The official said the aids would also include opening of the highways from province to province, district to district even village to village, as the entity in cooperation with the provincial councils and the ministry of urban development could clean up over 1,000 kilometer roads countrywide.