Afghanistan: Extreme cold kills more than 150 people in Afghanistan, Taliban says

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At the least 157 folks have died in Afghanistan’s harsh winter, a Taliban official stated Tuesday, with the demise toll doubling in lower than per week as thousands and thousands face bitter temperatures with minimal humanitarian support.

The nation is struggling certainly one of its coldest winters, with temperatures plummeting to as little as minus 28 levels Celsius (minus 18 Fahrenheit) in early January – far under the nationwide common of between 0 and 5 levels Celsius for this time of 12 months.

The affect has been made worse by the restricted quantity of humanitarian support being distributed within the nation, following the Taliban’s ban on feminine NGO staff.

The United Nations Workplace for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) stated on Twitter Sunday it was delivering support akin to blankets, heating and shelter to some 565,700 folks.

“However far more is required amid one of many coldest spells in years,” it added.

Round 70,000 livestock have additionally frozen to demise throughout the nation, Shafiullah Rahimi, a spokesman for the Taliban’s Ministry of Catastrophe Administration advised CNN Tuesday.

Because the hardline Islamist group took over in August 2021, Afghanistan has plunged into an financial and humanitarian disaster.

It has been battered by pure disasters and is getting into its third consecutive 12 months of drought-like situations.

An estimated 28.3 million folks – roughly two thirds of Afghanistan’s inhabitants – are in want of pressing humanitarian help to outlive, in response to a current UNOCHA report.

At the least half a dozen main overseas support teams have suspended their operations in Afghanistan since December, when the Taliban ordered all native and worldwide non-governmental organizations to cease their feminine workers from coming to work, or danger having their licenses revoked.

Final week, among the UN’s most senior feminine officers took a four-day journey to Afghanistan and met with Taliban leaders in Kabul, asking them to elevate the ban and “put the great of the nation first.”

Amina Mohammed, the UN’s Deputy Secretary-Basic, described the current insurance policies as a violation of girls’s primary human rights.

“… Afghanistan is isolating itself, within the midst of a horrible humanitarian disaster and one of the susceptible nations on earth to local weather change,” Mohammed stated in an announcement. “We should do the whole lot we will to bridge this hole.”