The Chief Executive: All Institutions Are Responsible for Providing Assistance to the Needy People

The meeting of the High Commission for Disaster Management was held under the chairmanship of the Chief Executive to develop a comprehensive drought emergency plan and actions needed to be taken.

Dr. Abdullah said that for the fair distribution of assistance, priority should be given to vulnerable provinces which are more at risk.

The Chief Executive tasked the State Ministry for Disaster Management to develop a detailed mechanism for coordinating and tailoring assistance according to requirements and statistics to base their work on.

The State Minister for Disaster Management Najib Fahim reported that based on the level of vulnerability of provinces, the ministry transferred 140 million Afghanis to 20 provinces in order to provide emergency relief in the short run.

Mr. Fahim added that food packages would be distributed for 31,000 families by provincial committees.

The Ministry of Agriculture reported that they had sent about 12,000 tons of animal food to provinces of Ghor, Badghis, Faryab and Jawzjan, and is working on the plan for distributing wheat as well as purchasing it. “If the problems persist, we would need $ 300-500 million for animal food”, they added.

The Ministry of Rural Development also noted that they have taken into account planning of drinking water supply to eight provinces for implementation of which $ 3.8 million is needed in the short term.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) announced that it would work to meet drought in four areas: food security, drinking water, health and education, with anticipated budget of over $ 100 million.

According to the report of UNOCHA, 20 provinces have been subjected to drought, which has been classified into three categories based on the potential risks.

The State Ministry for Disaster Management said that statistics presented by Provincial Emergency Committees, International Organizations and the Central Statistics Department are significantly different, which cause a serious challenge.

Then, Dr. Abdullah directed the First Deputy to the Chief Executive to investigate the situation via videoconferencing with 20 provincial governors and ask them to prepare a thorough and comprehensive report.

The Chief Executive assigned the State Ministry for Disaster Management to review the comprehensive plan for emergency affairs in a technical meeting to unify the plan to an operational one and dispatch a delegation to one of the most vulnerable provinces to see if the statistics of provincial committees are identical with needs of the people?

It was decided at the meeting that the Red Crescent Society should collect accurate statistics on drought situation, vulnerable provinces and the affected people by the end of this week and present it.

The Chief Executive emphasized on accurate assessment of drought situation and fair distribution of aid to the needy.