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China provides aid to calamity-hit Afghans

AT-KABUL: China has offered to provide cash and food assistance to Afghanistan for the victims of natural calamities, a government statement said on Thursday.

Chinese Ambassador to Afghanistan Liu Jinsong in a meeting with President Ashraf Ghani said that Beijing would provide financial and food support to the victims of floods and drought in Afghanistan, said a statement from the Presidential Palace.

President Ghani hailed Chinese assistance with Afghanistan, saying Beijing’s role in stability of the region was vital.

Earlier, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock has warned that 15 of the country’s provinces were under severe drought threat, rendering above 20 million livestock to starve.

The affected provinces have been divided into three categories, with Jawzjan, Badghis, Faryab, Ghor, Uruzgan, Zabul, Kandahar, Helmand, Samangan, Balkh, Baghlan, Herat, Farah and Nimroz provinces falling in the fist category.

Maidan Wardak, Logar, Takhar, Paktia, Nuristan and Sar-i-Pul are placed in the second category while Ghazni, Daikundi, Bamyan, Kapesa, Parwan, Panshir, Kabul, Badakhshan, Laghman, Kunar, Nangarhar, Paktika and Khost provinces are placed in third category of drought hit areas.

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