No less than 78 individuals have died in freezing circumstances in Afghanistan within the final 9 days, a Taliban official mentioned Thursday, deepening a humanitarian disaster affecting hundreds of thousands of individuals now residing underneath the management of the novel Islamist group.

Shafiullah Rahimi, a spokesperson for the Taliban’s Ministry of Catastrophe Administration, informed CNN that together with the lack of human life, greater than 77,000 livestock had additionally frozen to dying in current days.

Temperatures fell as little as minus 28 levels Celsius (minus 18 Fahrenheit) on the finish of final week with fears that circumstances may get even colder. The temperatures are nicely beneath common for this time of yr, with the coldest circumstances recorded within the north, based on CNN meteorologists.

The United Nations Workplace for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) in Afghanistan mentioned in a tweet Wednesday that livestock losses posed an additional danger to households with greater than 21 million individuals urgently needing meals and agricultural assist.

The Taliban takeover in August 2021 has plunged Afghanistan into an financial and humanitarian disaster.

Humanitarian companions are offering heating, cash for gasoline and heat garments to households, however the distribution of assist has been severely impacted by the Taliban’s ban on feminine assist staff, the UNOCHA in Afghanistan mentioned in a tweet.

No less than half a dozen main overseas assist teams have quickly suspended their operations in Afghanistan since December, when the Taliban ordered all native and worldwide non-governmental organizations to cease their feminine workers from coming to work, or danger having their NGO licenses revoked.

Among the UN’s most senior feminine officers have been assembly Taliban leaders in Kabul to debate the ban on feminine assist staff, after the company needed to droop a few of its “time-critical” applications in Afghanistan because of the absence of feminine assist staff.

Girls’s rights, freedoms and entry to schooling have been severely eroded underneath the Taliban, which has not too long ago barred females from accessing schooling.

Half of Afghanistan’s inhabitants is experiencing acute starvation, and whereas battle has subsided, violence, concern and deprivation stay, a UN report in November discovered.

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