Afghan authorities continue assisting needy families: official

KABUL, Jan. 26 (Xinhua) -- About 1,000 poor and needy Afghan women received relief assistance in the capital Kabul on Wednesday as the Taliban-led government and aid agencies redoubled efforts to help destitute families in winter, an official said.

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Some 1,000 women, including dozens of widows, received assistance packages on Wednesday. The women came from 22 municipality districts of Kabul province as they were registered via a transparent process, Abdul Matin Rahimzai, director of provincial Refugees and Repatriations Directorate, told reporters.

The assistance supplies were donated by Pakistan and China, according to Rahimzai.

Hundreds of thousands of needy families have received humanitarian aid in most of the country's 34 provinces in recent weeks.

Rona, a mother of eight, told Xinhua at the site that the families also need firewood and coal after recent snowfalls in most parts of the Asian country.

"We are thankful to all organizations that provide food and clothes, and we also need firewood or coal during this difficult winter," she said.

Economic woes hit the impoverished country following the freezing of over 9 billion U.S. dollars of Afghan central bank's assets by the United States as well as a halt of funds by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.