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Aid agencies begin assistance to flood-affected people in Baghlan

A number of countries and aid agencies have delivered essential assistance and medical teams to the flood-affected families in the country’s northern province of Baghlan. The provincial governor spokesperson Alam Majidi said hundreds of tons of aid from Qatar and the EU, as well as from various domestic administrations and some provinces have been delivered to flood-affected areas of the province and will be distributed among the flood-affected people, as the operation to search for missing bodies is ongoing, but the number of missing persons has not yet been determined. “More than 6,000 families have been displaced as a result of the floods in Baghlan. Health services are being provided to these families by various teams,” he said, adding the floods in addition to causing loss of life, have also destroyed their possessions. On the other hand, several of the affected families are requesting the government and aid agencies to build shelters for them. Based on the reports, a shipment of 22 tons of Qatari humanitarian aid for the recent devastating and destructive flood victims of Baghlan province, has arrived at Mawlana Jalaluddin Mohammad Balkhi airport in the northern province of Balkh. During the handing over of the assistance, Fahd Abdullah AlDosari, head of the International Search and Rescue Advisory Group of Qatar, said: “This is our first shipment of aid. These 22 tons of supplies include medicine, tents, and other necessities for the affected people, and Qatar will continue its relief efforts for the flood victims in Afghanistan.” The Qatari representative stated during the delivery Doha is committed to delivering humanitarian aid to the flood-affected people in Afghanistan. The Islamic Emirate considers Qatar’s assistance crucial in the current situation and has asked other countries to help Afghanistan. Mohammad Alam Jamil, the financial and administrative deputy of the Ministry of Economy, said: “This 22-ton shipment includes tents, camp beds, and food items. This aid is not the last; perhaps five more planes will come.” Also, the European Union’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid department has announced that it has sent 97 tons of medical equipment and other vital supplies to 13 relief organizations in Kabul. The supplies had been transported to Kabul on a new flight via the ‘Humanitarian Air Bridge’. While our partners are responding to recent floods in Afghanistan, the European Union’s Humanitarian Air Bridge to the country has been resumed, he said. The European Union’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid department emphasized that since the year 2021, more than 1,600 tons of aid have been sent to Afghanistan through 35 humanitarian flights. This comes as devastating floods in various provinces of the country have led to human casualties and substantial financial damages. According to reports, more than 300 people have died in the province of Baghlan alone due to recent floods. Previously, the World Food Program had also warned that vehicle access to most of the affected areas in Baghlan is impossible. Furthermore, UN teams dispatch aid for the flood-affected families in the northern provinces. UN chief António Guterres expressed his condolences to the families of the victims. “The United Nations and its partners in Afghanistan are coordinating with the de facto [Islamic Emirate] authorities to swiftly assess needs and provide emergency assistance,” said his spokesperson in a statement, extending wishes for a swift recovery to those injured and condolences to the families of the victims. Most of the casualties were reported in Baghlan province, where heavy rains destroyed an estimated 3,000 houses, flooded farmland, washed away livestock, closed schools and damaged health centers. Takhar and Badakhshan provinces were also impacted with initial reports of at least 300 houses damaged, according to the UN Children’s Fund. “UNICEF and our partners are on the ground and are making every effort to bring quick relief to the affected families and communities,” Dr. Tajudeen Oyewale, UNICEF Representative in Afghanistan, said the other day, expressing condolences to the families mourning the loss of loved ones. A UNICEF-supported mobile health and nutrition team has also been dispatched and teams are on the ground to help conduct additional assessments. “The heavy rains and subsequent floods have disrupted lives and pose a significant risk to children in the affected provinces,” Dr. Oyewale said. “As families cope with the loss, maintaining access to safe water, health and protection services is paramount. As always, UNICEF stands with the children and people of Afghanistan during this difficult time.” Meanwhile, the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) recently stated that following the floods in Afghanistan, approximately 40,000 children in northern Afghanistan have lost their homes. Feda Mohammad

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.