Afghan flights resume hours after snow blankets Kabul airport

Afghan flights resume hours after snow blankets Kabul airport


A passenger plane is landing at Kabul airport. Photo: file
A passenger airplane is touchdown at Kabul airport. Photo: file 

KABUL: Flights to and from Kabul resumed Thursday after hours of delays brought on by in a single day snow that blanketed the Afghan capital.

Kabul’s streets had been largely empty as store house owners, authorities workers and employees stayed indoors to hunt shelter from the freezing climate.

The chilly snap has added to Afghanistan’s woes, with the United Nations and different organisations warning tens of millions will want meals and shelter from the nation’s harsh winter.

“We’re looking at one of the worst humanitarian crises we’ve ever seen,” the worldwide charity Save the Children stated in an announcement.

The NGO’s Afghanistan nation director Nora Hassanien stated about 14 million youngsters confronted “life threatening” starvation throughout winter.

“This heart-breaking and unjust scenario is being made worse because of sanctions and counter-terror policies, which can disrupt and delay the delivery of lifesaving aid,” she stated.

Afghanistan’s economic system, already battered by a long time of conflict, plunged deeper into disaster after billions of {dollars} in worldwide support was lower off following the takeover by the Taliban on August 15.

Banks have additionally positioned extreme restrictions on withdrawals by non-public clients, and plenty of within the capital have resorted to promoting family possessions to purchase meals for his or her households.

The disaster has additionally severely hit the native foreign money, with the Afghani hitting a record-low of 130 to the greenback Monday.

It had strengthened to 101 by Thursday after foreign exchange merchants and the central financial institution held a gathering to stabilise the native foreign money.

“Decisions were taken to punish those smuggling dollars, and the central bank also promised to intervene in the market as and when needed,” Haji Abdul Rahman Zeerak, spokesman for the Money Exchange Association instructed AFP.

Flights from Dubai and Abu Dhabi, in the meantime, resumed after employees cleared snow from the airport’s solely runway, stated Imamuddin Ahmadi, spokesman for the Ministry of Transport and Aviation.

The capital’s airport has slowly returned to working order after being trashed in August when tens of 1000’s of individuals scrambled to evacuate because the Taliban returned to energy.

Kabul has missed common snowfall lately, as thick clouds of smog from coal and wooden fires maintain temperatures excessive within the rapid neighborhood.

But the forecast for the approaching days suggests temperatures will dip additional within the capital and neighbouring provinces.

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