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700 Afghan needy families receive humanitarian assistances

KABUL, June 1 (Xinhua) -- A total of 700 needy families in Afghanistan received humanitarian assistances including rice and wheat here in Kabul on Wednesday.

Each family received one bag of 50 kg wheat and two bags of rice, each bag weighing 50 kg, Mawlawi Jan Mohammad Sayeq, an official with the State Ministry for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Affairs, told reporters after distributing the assistance.

"We distributed these items to destitute families, flood affected people and displaced citizens," Sayeq told reporters at a press briefing here.

The rice and wheat delivered to the needy families on Wednesday came from neighboring China and Kazakhstan, Sayeq said.

"I am thankful to China and donor nations and bodies that are assisting Afghans in this critical stage. I am also calling upon the government to check the prices of basic needs in local market," an aid recipient Nik Mohammad who is the head of a four-member family, told Xinhua.

Another beneficiary of the assistance Mir Agha Nuri also said, "The skyrocketing prices in market and impoverished economy have destroyed our life."

More than 22 million out of 35 million Afghan population are facing acute food shortage and the war-torn country would face a humanitarian catastrophe if not assisted, according to aid agencies reports.