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China donates 700 tons of rice to calamity-hit Afghans

China donates 700 tons of rice to calamity-hit Afghans

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Jun 03, 2018 - 18:29

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Chinese government has donated 725 tons of rice to the State Ministry for Natural Disasters Management (SMNDM) for distribution among affected families in Afghanistaninfo-icon.

Najib Aqa Fahim, State Minister for Natural Disasters Management, received the donated rice at a ceremony here on Sunday. He said the donation was part of the 4,242 tons of rice the Chinese government had promised to Afghanistan.

“China donated 3,517 tons of rice to Afghanistan seven months ago and another 725 tons today,” he said.

He added the previously donated rice was distributed to flood and draught affected families in all 34 provinces of the country and the newly arrived shipment would be given to needy people as well.

Fahim said besides the aid, China also trained 29 workers of the ministry each year for capacity building in natural disasters management.

Currently 20 provinces are hit hard by draught and around one million people are in need of emergency aid of food, potable water while 30 million livestock in need of pasture, he said.

Liu Jingson, Chinese envoy to Afghanistan, said his country was committed to continued aid and cooperation with Afghanistan.

“Afghanistan is a neighbor of China and it needs assistance, the Chinese government has developed a policy based on which it will continually provide its assistance to Afghanistan,” he said.

He added China would pay more attention to helping natural disasters-affected people in Afghanistan.

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