China to help Afghans affected by natural disasters

Kabul – The ambassador of China in Kabul says his country will help increase technical capacity of Afghan government institutions to manage natural disasters. 

Chinese Ambassador to Afghanistan Liu Jinsong in a meeting with President Ashraf Ghani said his country is ready to provide humanitarian assistance to natural disasters-affected families in Afghanistan, Presidential Palace said in a statement on Thursday.

The Chinese envoy said Beijing is ready to provide financial assistance and food for Afghans affected by drought and floods in the country. The ambassador said his country is ready to increase the technical capacity of Afghan government institutions to manage natural disasters, the statement added. Mr. Liu said China will support Afghanistan’s efforts for peace and stability.

President Ghani meanwhile said the role of China is important in stability and progress of the region, adding that Kabul is ready for any kind of cooperation with Beijing. This comes after recently Britain pledged about $13 million to provide food and aid to victims of natural disasters in the country.

Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority said this aid will be distributed to 1.4 million people in 20 provinces in the country. A report by UN in May said that at least two million people are at risk of severe food insecurity because of a devastating drought in Afghanistan.

The report said the hardest-hit are northern and western Afghanistan, where wheat planting has been either delayed or downsized in some 20 provinces, mainly because of a lack of rain and snowfall in the winter. As many as 21,000 people were forced to leave their homes in western Badghis and Ghor provinces because of the drought, the report said.

"Monitoring Desk"

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