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Severe snow & avalanches kill 17 people in Afghanistan

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After 17 people were allegedly killed in severe snowfall and avalanches, the UN, its partners, and local authorities in Afghanistan despatched assistance teams.

Following the Sunday catastrophe, the partners dispatched two mobile health teams to the Kunar province site in Dangam district to assist local populations and search and rescue forces, according to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

According to the Xinhua news agency, several more persons have gone missing.

The OCHA and its partner organisations also distribute cash, non-food items, shelter kits, and warm clothing to around 2,000 individuals in Kunar, Nangarhar, and Laghman provinces who have been affected by recent rain and snowfall.

Humanitarian is continuing its work in other districts of Afghanistan, with 60,000 people getting food, monetary support, and humanitarian materials, according to OCHA.

The present Humanitarian Response Plan targets little more than 22 million people and calls for $4.4 billion in funding, but it is barely 9 percent financed.

According to OCHA, the 19.6 million persons surpassed the 17.7 million people targeted in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Humanitarian hopes to see a repetition of the $1.7 billion in donor generosity seen in the 2021 Afghanistan response plan in 2022.

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