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After heaviest snowfalls in years in Afghanistan UN agencies prepare for floods

October 6, 2019

The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) are helping the municipality of Kabul, the capital, to clean up the Kabul riverbed to mitigate the impact of high volume as snows melt and to reduce water pollution from the garbage and silt in the bed, mission spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva told a briefing in the city today.Meanwhile, joint assessment teams from UNAMA, the UN World Food Programme (WFP), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have gone to Bagdhis province, where early flooding is reported to have forced some families to leave their homes.Joint teams of UN, Government and non-governmental organization (NGO) personnel have been deployed to all districts in Balkh province in the north to make flood-vulnerability assessments.At the national level, a joint operation centre bringing together the UN, the Government, the United-States led coalition forces and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) with real-time information is being established at UNAMA headquarters. Public awareness messages have been designed and will begin to be disseminated throughout the country shortly.

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