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This year’s winter is getting harder and harder for Ukrainians. A big problem is the lack of electricity, heating and water
According to Deutsche Presse-Agentur, in recent days the temperature in Afghanistan has dropped to as low as -34 degrees Celsius. This is the hardest winter the country has faced in a decade. The BBC reports that at least 124 people have died in the cold for two weeks. There were also about 70,000 deaths. livestock.
Afghanistan. At least 124 people died due to the cold
50 houses were completely or partially destroyed. Many areas of Afghanistan have been cut off by snow. Military helicopters were sent to rescue the trapped people, but not everyone managed to help – the machines could not land in the most mountainous regions.
– Most of the people who have lost their lives to the cold are shepherds or people living in rural areas. They had no access to health care, Mullah Mohammad Abbas Akhund’s acting disaster management minister told the BBC. – We are concerned about those who live in mountainous regions. Most of the roads leading through the mountains were closed due to the snow. Cars got stuck there and passengers died because of the cold, he added.
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Aid agencies suspended operations in Afghanistan due to restrictions on women’s rights
The BBC notes that many aid agencies have suspended their operations in Afghanistan after the Taliban banned Afghan women from working in humanitarian organizations. Mohammad Abbas Akhund stressed that despite the difficult situation in the country, this edict will not be lifted.
“Men are already working with us in rescue operations and there is no need for women to work with us,” he said.
Deutsche Presse-Agentur stresses that many Afghans are suffering economically because of the extremely harsh winter.