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UK donates £10m for 1.4m drought-hit Afghans

AT-KABUL: The British government on Monday unveiled a new aid package of £10 million to provide food for over 1.4 million drought-hit people across Afghanistan.

The package will provide immediate food and nutrition aid for 441,000 people who are already in a critical situation, including by distributing fortified wheat flour, vegetable oil, pulses, salt and other nutritious foods to prevent malnutrition, according to a British Embassy statement.

“The UK support is part of a response being coordinated by the United Nations and the government of Afghanistan.  It will help prevent displacement of families who could otherwise be forced to leave their homes,” said the statement.

Announcing the aid, UK’s International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt said that drought in Afghanistan was an unfolding crisis, with 1.4 million people’s lives at risk.

She urged other countries to join the international effort to support some of the world’s most vulnerable people.

Mordaunt said: “The drought in Afghanistan is an unfolding crisis, with 1.4 million people’s lives at risk when this year’s harvest fails in a number of provinces in only a matter of weeks.”

The UK support is part of a response being coordinated by the United Nations and the Afghan government of Afghanistan.  It will help prevent displacement of families who could otherwise be forced to leave their homes and communities.

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