UN: $479 million needed to provide safe water to 14 million in Afghanistan

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has stated that $479 million is required to enhance access to safe water and prevent disease for 14 million people in Afghanistan.

“2022 drought saw a 7% spike in families expressing an increased need for drinking water; a 12% in families facing barriers to accessing safe water. $479M is needed to improve access to safer water and to prevent disease for 14M people,” OCHA said in a tweet on Saturday.

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According to an OCHA report, climate change and prolonged droughts across Afghanistan have left 79% of its population without sufficient water for their daily needs, including drinking and cooking. Additionally, 30 out of 34 provinces have reported “extremely low water quality.