Statistics by Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) show that 21 provinces are faced with drought due to a 45 percent drop in rainfalls this year.
The authority said it will provide forage for the provinces within the next two months and that it has plans to help the residents as well.
“The main problem is (lack of) forage because incomes of people are depended on farming and livestock,” Mohammad Qasim Haidari, deputy of ANDMA’s policy, told TOLOnews on Thursday.
The Ministry of Finance said 250 million AFs has been allocated in an amended budget and that the ministry is discussing the matter with the international community.
“An inclusive plan has been considered to provide services to Afghans affected by drought,” said Ajmal Abdul Rahimzai, spokesman for Ministry of Finance.
Among these provinces, one MP said, Badghis is faced with a huge drought and that it is threatening the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in the province.
Qazi Abdul Rahin, an MP from Badghis, said drought will affect more than one million cattle in the province.
“Government should treat the issue seriously in order to save people’s lives; otherwise, drought will be another crisis for the country,” Rahin told TOLOnews.
The ANDMA officials said at least $500 million USD is required to overcome consequences of drought in the country. However, the officials said the authority has only over $6 million USD in its asset.
On April 24, UNICEF said in a statement that extremely dry winter has affected 22 provinces across Afghanistan and now threatens to negatively impact the lives of one million people, with an additional two million who could feel its effects over the coming months.
Food insecurity and reduced access to safe water are beginning to take their toll in the 10 worst affected provinces, where 20 to 30 percent of water sources are reportedly dry, the statement read.