The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.

Dozens of people lost lives as winter temperatures plunge across Afghanistan

The Islamic Emirate has informed that at least 78 people have died in freezing conditions in various parts of Afghanistan in the last nine days. This comes amid of increasing humanitarian crisis affecting millions of people.
According to Shafiullah Rahimi, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Disaster Management of the Islamic Emirate, with the loss of human life, more than 77,000 livestock had also frozen to death in recent days due to the cold weather.
The extreme weather has inflicted casualties in different regions of Afghanistan with the northern Jauzjan province reporting 18 deaths, including women and children, followed by the northeastern Badakhshan province where 11 children lost their lives in recent days. 23 others died in Badghis, 8 dies in Sar-e-Pul, 7 in Faryab, 2 in Kandahar and 3 in Paktia.
Confirming that heavy snowfall and the cold weather killed a total of 18 people in the northern Jauzjan province, a spokesman for the Islamic Emirate governor in the province, Abdul Sattar Halimi, said that five women and four children were among the victims.
One child has died in Faizabad and 10 other children died in Shahr-e-Buzurg district as a result of the freezing weather and seasonal diseases, according to sources from Badakshan.
Moreover, local authorities confirmed that at least 8,127 people, including more than 3,000 children, have fallen sick in the provinces of Takhar, Kandahar, and Herat over the past three weeks.
Adverse weather conditions and not operating of humanitarian partners in the country according to the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) in Afghanistan have had severe impact on aid delivery. UNOCHA warned on last Friday that temperatures would plummet as low as -35, and said that humanitarian organizations were providing aid despite the restrictions.
The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) in Afghanistan said in a tweet Wednesday that livestock losses posed a further risk to families with more than 21 million people urgently needing food and agricultural support.
Humanitarian partners are providing heating, money for fuel and warm clothes to families, but the distribution of aid has been severely impacted by the Taliban’s ban on female aid workers, the UNOCHA in Afghanistan said in a tweet.
Meanwhile, according to the country’s weather methodology, temperatures fell as low as minus 28 degrees Celsius at the end of last week with fears that conditions could get even colder.
The temperatures are well below average for this time of year, with the coldest conditions recorded in the north.
Saida Ahmadi

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The Kabul times, Afghanistan Trustable News Agency.