Afghanistan winter: At least 78 killed as temperatures drop, according to the Taliban


A Taliban official said Thursday that at least 78 people have died in freezing conditions in Afghanistan in the past nine days. A humanitarian crisis affecting the millions of people now living under the control of the extremist Islamic group.

Shafiullah Rahimi, a spokesman for the Taliban’s Ministry of Disaster Management, told CNN that besides the loss of life, more than 77,000 cattle have been frozen to death in recent days.

Temperatures dropped to minus 28 degrees Celsius (minus 18 Fahrenheit) last weekend with fears conditions could get colder. Temperatures are well below average for this time of year, with the coldest conditions on record in the north, according to CNN meteorologists.

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) in Afghanistan He said in a tweet Wednesday that Livestock losses posed an additional risk to families of more than 21 million people in dire need of food and agricultural support.

The Taliban’s seizure of power in August 2021 plunged Afghanistan into an economic and humanitarian crisis.

Humanitarian partners provide heating, money for fuel and warm clothes for families, but aid distribution has been severely affected by the Taliban’s ban on female aid workers, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) in Afghanistan. he said in a tweet.

At least six major foreign aid groups have paused operations in Afghanistan since December, when the Taliban ordered all local and international NGOs to prevent their female employees from coming to work, or risk having their NGO licenses revoked.

Some senior UN officials have met with Taliban leaders in Kabul to discuss the ban on female aid workers, after the agency was forced to suspend some of its “time-critical” programs in Afghanistan due to the absence of female aid workers.

Women’s rights, freedoms, and access to education were severely eroded under Taliban ruleAnd which recently prevented females from accessing education.

A United Nations report in November found that half of Afghanistan’s population suffers from acute hunger, and while conflict has subsided, violence, fear and deprivation remain.

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