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Firewood prices rising as winter draws closer in Kabul City

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Firewood prices rising as winter draws closer in Kabul City

As winter is approaching, prices of firewood have risen in the capital city.

The price of 560kg unpeeled oak rose to 8,000 AFN during the outgoing week compared to last week’s 7,600 AFN. The same quantity of cedar wood went up from 7,200 AFN to 7,300 AFN.

Many Afghans rely on firewood for their heaters to run in the harsh winters.

Afghanistan experienced its harshest winter in 20 years in 2012, with dozens of displaced children killed in urban settlements.

According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) report, 445,856 persons are internally displaced due to conflicts. Many of these live in informal settlements in and around Kabul, but their numbers can be hard to track.

The government and aid agencies are preparing themselves for the coming winter to assist the vulnerable regions.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), in coordination with the Afghan authorities and other aid agencies, is planning to distribute blankets, plastic sheets, charcoal, and warm clothes to 240,000 people in less-accessible rural areas where internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees who have returned from Pakistan and Iran are living in difficult conditions in isolated remote communities, according to spokesperson Mohammad Nader Farhad.



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