Baghlan flood victims get assistance
PUL-I-KHUMRI (PAN): More than 700 flood-affected families in northern Balkh province were provided with winter assistance on Sunday, an official said.
Provided by the International Organization of Migrants (IOM), the assistance included 1,400 blankets, 1,400 pairs of shoes and seven packages of toilet utensils, including soup, shampoo and toothpaste, regional head of Afghanistan Natural Disaster Management Authority, Naseer Ahmad Kuhzad, said.
Without providing the cost of the items, he said, each family was given two blankets, as many pairs of shoes and a package of utensils.
But the recipients said the items were inadequate to fulfill their requirements. "The items cannot meet demands of families having many members," Shima, a resident of Doshi village, said.
The woman, who lost her home belongings in floods triggered by heavy rains last summer, asked the Afghan government to provide them more assistance.
Affected families in Dushi and Baghlan-i-Markazi districts received the aid.
In southern Zabul, contracts worth $5 million (226,050,000 million afghanis) for construction and reconstruction projects were signed at the Governor's House on Sunday, a statement said.
The projects included a new building for a hospital and the reconstruction of the old building of the 110 bed hospital in Qalat, the Governor's Office said in a statement.
The construction of two buildings for schools in Arghandab and Shinki district headquarters and new buildings for agriculture, borders and tribal affairs departments were part of the projects, it said
Work on the projects would start as soon as possible, the statement said, adding a number of jobless people would find work opportunities.
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