The State Ministry for Disaster Management said that more than 1,500 people have died in natural disasters over the past year.
Speaking at a gathering held to mark the International Day for Disaster Reduction, the acting State Minister for Natural Disaster, Mohammad Abas Akhund, said that more than 3,000 people were wounded and over 20,000 residences were destroyed in the past year.
“These incidents happened and will continue to happen. We will try to prevent them with the available facilities,” he said.
Speaking at the same gathering, the first Deputy Prime Minister, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, called on the international community to provide more aid to Afghanistan in the coming winter.
“The relevant ministries should resume their work now and use their facilities to send aid to all provinces. The provinces which are under the poverty line should be considered,” he said.
The Afghan Red Crescent Society that if the people who are affected by floods and earthquakes are not provided with help, there will be a disaster in the country.
“The emergency aid for Afghanistan is needed. If the aid is not provided on time, there will be a disaster," said Matiull-al-Haq Khalis, acting head of the Afghan Red Crescent Society.
The acting Minister of Refugees and Repatriation (MoRR), Khalil Rahman Haqqani, said that the aid should be sent to rural areas before winter.
"The international community, the traders who have already helped, they may now also provide help in areas of natural disasters," he said.
Baradar said that the people who have been affected in the earthquakes in Paktika and Khost provinces will be provided with free construction materials.
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