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Tens of 1000’s of kids in Afghanistan are affected by ongoing flash floods: UNICEF

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Rescuers seek for survivors of sunk boat, in Mohmand Dara district of Nangarhar province east of Kabul, Afghanistan, on June 1, 2024.
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“Tens of thousands of children in Afghanistan remain affected by the ongoing flash floods, especially in the north and west,” the U.N. kids’s company stated on June 3.

Unusually heavy seasonal rains have been wreaking havoc in a number of components of the nation, killing tons of of individuals and destroying property and crops. The U.N. meals company has warned that many survivors are unable to make a dwelling.

UNICEF, the U.N. kids’s company, stated the intense climate has all the hallmarks of an intensifying local weather disaster, with a number of the affected areas having skilled drought final 12 months.

“The World Food Program (WFP) said the exceptionally heavy rains in Afghanistan killed more than 300 people and destroyed thousands of houses in May, mostly in the northern province of Baghlan. Survivors have been left with no homes, no land, and no source of livelihood,” WFP stated.

UNICEF stated in a press release on Monday that tens of 1000’s of kids stay affected by ongoing floods. “The international community must redouble efforts and investments to support communities to alleviate and adapt to the impact of climate change on children,” stated Dr. Tajudeen Oyewale, the UNICEF consultant in Afghanistan.

At the identical time, “UNICEF and the humanitarian community must prepare ourselves for a new reality of climate-related disasters,” Mr. Oyewale stated.

Afghanistan ranks fifteenth out of 163 nations within the Children’s Climate Risk Index. This implies that not solely are local weather and environmental shocks and stresses outstanding within the nation, however kids are notably susceptible to their results in contrast with elsewhere on the planet.

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Last week, the non-public group Save the Children stated about 6.5 million kids in Afghanistan are forecast to expertise disaster ranges of starvation in 2024.

“Nearly three out of 10 Afghan children will face crisis or emergency levels of hunger this year as the country feels the immediate impact of floods, the long-term effects of drought, and the return of Afghans from neighboring Pakistan and Iran,” the group stated in a report.

More than 5,57,000 Afghans have returned from Pakistan since September 2023, after Pakistan started cracking down on foreigners it alleges are within the nation illegally, together with 1.7 million Afghans.

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