Preventative measures for natural disasters needed in Afghanistan

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Hundreds of people were killed when a landslide struck in Abi-Barik's Nowabad area in north-eastern Afghanistan following heavy rainfall. Photo: Fardin Waezi/UNAMA

Long-term preventive measures are needed to fight natural disasters in Afghanistan, according to top United Nations humanitarian officials.

UN Deputy Humanitarian Chief Kyung-Wha Kang and UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan, Mark Bowden visited the location of a deadly landslide which killed hundreds in north-eastern Afghanistan last Friday.

Four decades of conflict and recurrent natural disasters, including floods, have left millions of people in need of emergency assistance across the country.

Farhan Haq is the Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

” The Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator, Kyung-wha Kang, and the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan, Mark Bowden, carried out an aerial inspection of Abi-Barak village in Badakhshan province. Ms. Khang said that the tragedy highlights the need for greater attention to the larger issue of natural disasters that are so frequent in the northern part of the country. ” (0'17")

Some 2.2 million people are severely food insecure and more than 600,000 displaced people need long-term solutions.

UN Deputy Humanitarian is now expected to meet with Government officials in Pakistan to mobilize further support for relief efforts.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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