Climate change and Afghanistan, water shortage threatens over 60% of households in Afghanistan: OCHA

Afghanistan is grappling with one of the worst droughts, food, and water shortage crises in decades, amid an unrivaled humanitarian catastrophe that looms large for millions of people across the country.

Prolonged drought across the country continues to impact the availability of and access to safe drinking water.

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) tweeted on Sunday that the number of families in Afghanistan facing water scarcity has significantly increased.

According to an OCHA report analyzing the drought disaster between 2021 and 2023, climate change and fatal droughts across Afghanistan have left 79% of its population without sufficient water for their daily needs, including drinking and cooking.

The findings of the report further show that 64 percent of households reported that they experienced drought in the last six months, resulting in an economic shock that has left a devastating effect on food security and family coping mechanisms. While the current food crisis is perpetuated by a concurrent climate crisis, as 30 out of 34 provinces in Afghanistan report extremely low water quality.