Nearly one million people including half a million children are affected by droughts affecting 22 of the 34 provinces in Afghanistan, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has called for $ 10 million ($ 2.5 billion) to help those affected.
According to UNICEF’s report, 20-30 percent of the water resources have dried up, which could have a “devastating” effect in the ten provinces where food insecurity and the lack of drinkable water are already a major cause of malnutrition among the population.
Toby Fricker, UNICEF spokeswoman, said that in the thirteen provinces particularly affected by the drought, 30 percent less precipitation dropped in the semester of October 2017 and February 2018.
According to other sources, more than 60 percent less rainfall has fallen.
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