At least 17 people including 11 children have died from the cold this month in makeshift camps in Afghanistan, Amnesty International said on Tuesday.
The casualties occurred among people displaced by the conflict into camps in the capital and the western province of Herat, the group said in a statement.
“These deaths were a preventable tragedy that unfortunately shows the inadequate coordination of winter assistance to hundreds of thousands of people living in displacement camps across the country,’’ the group’s Asia-Pacific director, Polly Truscott, was quoted as saying.
“The deaths all occurred in the first two weeks of January, four in Herat and 13 in Kabul,’’ the statement said.
Last winter, more than 30 Afghans, most of them children, froze to death in one of the harshest winters of the past 15 years.
The aid organisations in Kabul say more than two million Afghans throughout the country are at risk from extreme weather this winter.
Around 450,000 people have been internally displaced due to the ongoing conflict between the security forces and insurgents.
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