Aid workers reach out to Afghan city of Kunduz

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In addition to continuing conflict, Afghans also suffered a deadly earthquake at the end of October. Photo: IOM

Efforts are under way in Kunduz, Afghanistan, to assess people's aid needs after heavy fighting in recent months, aid co-ordinators said Tuesday.

According to UN partner the International Organization for Migration (IOM), thousands of families have been displaced in the province where security fears have prevented humanitarian access.

Kunduz recently came to prominence after Taliban extremists claimed the city, only to be withdraw shortly afterwards.

Daniel Johnson has more.

The joint UN and International Organization for Migration (IOM) humanitarian mission started work in Kunduz governorate and city over the weekend.

Together with government and non-government actors, the first task is to find out what's needed most in the northern city.

Until recently, it was the scene of heavy fighting as Taliban extremists took Kunduz from Afghan security forces, withdrawing shortly afterwards.

IOM's Joel Millman said that conflict in September and October displaced thousands of families and caused widespread damage.

"I'm certain people are going hungry and food security is an extremely important matter pretty much throughout the country this time of year, but the specifics of the numbers that will need assistance and the specifics of what groups like ours will do is something we still don't know."

IOM says that the information gathered from the rapid assessment mission is vital to getting what it calls "the right kind of aid" to those who need it most.

According to latest UN figures, more than 170,000 people have been displaced by conflict in the country since the start of the year, with nearly 5,000 civilian casualties.

Daniel Johnson, United Nations, Geneva

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