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Insecurity, transportation problems hamper relief drive: Minister

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AT-KABUL: While informing of satisfactory preparations for this winter season to deal with natural calamities and help the affected people, Ministry of Disaster Management and Humanitarian Affairs on Wednesday termed insecurity and transportation problems as a challenge in some provinces.

The deputy minister for disaster management Mohammad Qasim Haidari said that insecurity and transportation challenges could hamper the relief drive of the ministry. He said the ministry’s relief team would be unable to provide assistance to victims, particularly in remote areas, due to the mentioned problems.

Speaking at a capacity building workshop organized with support of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance here, he said that provision of assistance to some districts of northern and southern provinces due to heavy snowfall, avalanches and insecurity would be difficult.

“In order to avoid any untoward situation, our provincial offices are well-prepared in these provinces to assist the affected people immediately. The ministry prepared well for this winter to respond in a timely manner to the disasters, nationwide. Sufficient quantities of edible and non-edible items have been stocked,” he elaborated.

Pointing to corruption, he said that during survey and distribution of relief items to the affected people, representatives of different organizations would be present.

He assured that the distribution process would be fair and transparent throughout the country.