World Bank approves $97.5m for Afghanistan to combat COVID-19, drought

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The World Bank has approved 97.5 million dollars in grant for Afghanistan to
combat the impact of COVID-19 pandemic and droughts in the war-torn Asian country, an official said.

The World Bank Country Director for Afghanistan, Henry Kerali, said this in a statement issued on Thursday in Kabul.

The grant approved from the International Development Association (IDA) is to provide regular and predictable cash support to drought- and coronavirus-affected Afghans as well as to improve food and nutrition security, the statement said.

According to the statement, the grant will also help build early drought warning and response systems in the country.

“This new financial assistance will help the Government of Afghanistan lessen drought impacts that have displaced
millions of Afghans and pushed them into poverty.

“The project’s support to Afghan rural households will contribute to overall poverty reduction and economic recovery,” said Kerali.

Afghanistan reported its first COVID-19 case in February 2020.

The Public Health Ministry data released on Thursday showed 55,557 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 2,430 deaths
in the country.

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