Afghanistan: Extreme Weather Leads to Emergency
Heavy snows combined with cold temperatures have hit north
eastern Afghanistan, especially Takhar province where CCF has been working for
the last six years. The weather has claimed the lives of 162 people and more
than 800 families have been rendered homeless and are now facing exposure to
extremely cold temperatures and poor weather conditions.
isolated Takhar province, who were already prone to weather related problems and
poor road conditions, are now facing a shortage of food, damage or loss to
properties and assets, loss of livestock and a lack of health care, medicines
and clean water. The transport system has been closed temporarily as the snow
continues to fall.
CCF, working in Afghanistan as ChildFund Afghanistan,
is assessing the situation. Concerns include the development of illnesses such
as pneumonia and food shortages. Although the UN and others have started some
emergency response operations, they are not able to meet the needs of the
people. CCF is planning to use its network of Child Well-Being Committees to
help provide assistance to affected children and families, in coordination with
the local government.
ChildFund Afghanistan works with communities,
promoting child protection and development.