The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said that the Humanitarian Response Plan has a gap of a "staggering" US$3.14 billion.
“Some $614 million is urgently required to support priority winter preparedness activities such as upgrades and repairs to shelter and the provision of warm clothes and blankets,” the report said. "In addition, $154 million is needed to pre-position supplies, including food and livelihoods assistance, before areas get cut off by the weather.”
According to OCHA, 79 percent of households live in shelters that need repair.
“79 percent do not have adequate access to heating, 56 percent do not have winter clothes for children,” OCHA said on Twitter.
Many humanitarian organizations have voiced concerns over the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan.
“I work on the street and I haven’t earned even 10 Afs yet,” said Abdullah, a resident of Kabul.
“I make between 150 Afs to 200 Afs. There are 13 people in my family,” said Baqir Ali, a resident of Kabul.
The Ministry of Economy said that work on infrastructure projects is underway to alleviate the economic challenges in the country.
“In addition to the economic project and small occupancies, we are trying to reduce the price of heating materials as well,” said Abdul Latif Nazari, deputy Minister of Economy.
“The new aid coming to Afghanistan should be distributed with transparency and should address the problems of the people who are suffering from economic challenges,” said Seyar Qureshi, an economist.
OCHA’s report said the Afghan agriculture in 2022 saw another year of inadequate rains which have affected planting season.
“Coupled with atypical flash floods destroying agriculture lands, the outlook indicates a deteriorating trend,” the report reads.
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