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First plane with UN humanitarian aid arrives in Afghanistan

Source : 112 Ukraine

The aircraft delivered a 33-tonne cargo to Afghanistan, consisting of winterization kits for internally displaced Afghans
13:06, 3 November 2021

UNHCR

The first airplane landed in the Afghan capital Kabul with humanitarian aid from the UN Refugee Agency's (UNHCR) allocated from the global stockpile as UNHCR reported.

The aircraft delivered a 33-tonne cargo to Afghanistan, consisting of winterization kits for internally displaced Afghans. Each insulation kit contains flooring, partitions and other items that improve the insulation of the tent from the cold and each kit weighs 25 kg.

This was the first out of three UNHCR humanitarian flights to Kabul. The next two have to land in the Afghan capital on November 4 and November 7.

Related: Ship with hundreds of Afghan migrants docks at Greek port

In the run-up to winter, when temperatures can drop as low as -25 ⁰C, many Afghan families are left without adequate shelter.

Conflict and insecurity have led to the internal displacement of 3.5 million Afghans. About 700,000 people were forced to leave their homes this year.

UNHCR plans to provide assistance to approximately 500,000 displaced Afghans, returnees and local host communities by the end of 2021.

According to Bloomberg, the economy of Afghanistan, which has been fenced off from the reserves of the central bank and foreign aid, collapses due to the absence of cash.

Related: UK to allocate about $70 million of aid to Afghanistan

On August 15, the Taliban militants seized Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said that he had left the country to avoid bloodshed as the Taliban entered the capital Kabul.

After the Taliban have seized the power in Afghanistan, the International Monetary Fund on August 18 said it had suspended the country's access to its financial resources, including around $440 million in new monetary reserves.

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