The people of Afghanistan have run out of patience as the humanitarian situation continues to degrade, UN Deputy Special Representative Ramiz Alakbarov said.
“The country is very poor. The population of this country has exhausted the resources of patience, while the situation continues to deteriorate. For many years they have witnessed a war, conflicts,” Alakbarov was quoted as saying by the Sputnik News Agency.
“People have no savings. The banking situation is quite critical. Over the last four years, there have been two consecutive years of drought,” he said.
The hardships have led some people to sell their organs and even children, the UN official said.
About 19-20 million Afghans are in constant need of humanitarian aid. About 25 million people are in poverty, up from 20 million in 2016, Alakbarov noted.
The Taliban regime in 2021 resulted in a deepening economic and humanitarian crisis. Natural disasters also added to the suffering of the Afghan people.
In June 2022, a magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck eastern Afghanistan, killing over 1,000 and injuring another 1,500.
Seasonal rains in July resulted in massive flooding. A number of humanitarian organizations are helping Afghans with food, medicine, emergency shelter and other basic items.
Heavy rain and flooding in Afghanistan have killed 95 people, injured hundreds and destroyed thousands of homes in Afghanistan, according to authorities in the crisis-hit country.
The deaths occurred in 10 provinces over the past 10 days, authorities said, as the country grapples with an economic and humanitarian crisis worsened by Western sanctions imposed after the Taliban returned to power last year, CNN reported.
Afghanistan has recently been hit by a series of natural disasters and extreme weather events, including an earthquake in June that killed more than 1,000 people, CNN reported.
Heavy rains damaged or destroyed about 2,900 homes, a tenfold increase since the last reporting period, and also disrupted livelihoods. Critical civil infrastructure such as roads and bridges have also been affected.
(Only the title and image of this report may have been reworked by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is automatically generated from a shared source.)
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