World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Drought And Floods Strike Different Afghan Regions

As Drought And Floods Strike Different Afghan Regions, UN Agencies Rush To Help

New York, Aug 15 2006 2:00PM

The United Nations humanitarian arm has stepped in to assist Afghanistan, where the population is suffering on two fronts – drought is devastating large swathes of the country and recent floods have caused damage to two provinces.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is giving $11 million in emergency drought relief, according to a statement issued yesterday in New York, as part of a programme to provide food, water and health services to those in need.

An estimated 2.5 million Afghans face an imminent food crisis because of inadequate rainfall during April and May, OCHA said, swelling the ranks of roughly 6.5 million people considered to be at seasonal or chronic risk of food insecurity because of the harsh conditions.

Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Margareta Wahlström said “drought devastates communities in many ways and leads to spiralling impoverishment. Households consume their harvests much sooner than usual, which leads to increased malnutrition; seeds are eaten before the next year’s planting season; animals and household goods are sold; and migration to cities takes place."

Nearly all of the money from OCHA will go to a World Food Programme (WFP) operation to bring food to 1.7 million people across 13 provinces, while some funds will go to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to help them with their work.

Meanwhile, recent floods have affected more than 5,500 families in Ghazni and Paktya provinces in Afghanistan’s east, a spokeswoman for the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) told reporters at a briefing in Kabul.

UNICEF and WFP are distributing medical kits, food and other items such as blankets and cooking utensils, and have announced they will hand out more aid once a full assessment of the needs in the two provinces has been made.


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>


Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>


Get More From Scoop

Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news