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Turkmenistan to start work on $10 billion TAPI project

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Ashgabat: According to Khaama press, Turkmenistan, the building of the long-delayed $10 billion TAPI gas pipeline, running from Turkmenistan to India via Pakistan, is likely start in December.

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photo credit: www.thehindu.com

The work on Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline is expected to start early in December, Khaama press quoted an official in Turkmenistan.

Supported by the US and Asian Development Bank, the gas pipeline will help Turkmenistan to find new consumers in Asia via Afghanistan.

The official said, “The Turkmen stretch of the pipeline to the Afghanistan border will be built by a (Turkmen) oil and gas pipeline construction firm.”

The official also said international energy companies will join TAPI project at a later stage.

Having a length of 1,735 km (1,084 mile), the construction work of the pipeline is expected to be completed in three years.

It is also expected that the pipeline will last for 30 years with a proposed annual capacity of 33 bcm of gas.

TAPI pipeline will run more than 700 km across Afghanistan on its way to Pakistan and India.

The pipeline would contain gas from Turkmenistan’s mammoth Galkynysh field, the world’s second-largest reservoir of natural gas.

(IANS)

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About 2M Children in Afghanistan Suffer Acute Malnutrition: UNICEF

But UNICEF is struggling to fund its operation. The agency needs an immediate injection of $7 million, Boulierac said

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FILE - A boy walks inside what is left of a home in Kandahar province, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, March, 3, 2019. The U.N. Children's Fund is appealing for money to treat Afghanistan's malnourished children. VOA

About two million children in Afghanistan are acutely malnourished. Of those, 600,000 face severe acute malnutrition, the most dangerous form of undernutrition in children, said Christophe Boulierac, a spokesman for the U.N. Children’s Fund.

“Any child suffering from severe acute malnutrition is a crisis and needs to be treated to survive,” he said. “We cannot tell you how many children will die, but we can tell you that a child with severe acute malnutrition is 11 times more likely to die than their healthy peers.”

Afghanistan, alongside Yemen and South Sudan, is among the countries with the highest numbers of children under age five suffering from severe acute malnutrition. Severe drought in 2018 has worsened the situation.

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But UNICEF is struggling to fund its operation. The agency needs an immediate injection of $7 million, Boulierac said. Pixabay

Recent nutrition surveys across Afghanistan find 22 out of 34 provinces are above the emergency threshold of acute malnutrition. Last year, UNICEF provided life-saving assistance to nearly half of the country’s most nutritionally deprived children. It is aiming to reach 60 percent, or 375,000, of those children this year. But UNICEF is struggling to fund its operation. The agency needs an immediate injection of $7 million, Boulierac said.

“We are the sole provider of this treatment against severe acutely malnourished children,” he told VOA. “We need urgent funding in three weeks, otherwise, we will not send the necessary ready-to-use therapeutic food treatment to the 1,300 health facilities that are waiting for that.”

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This year, UNICEF has provided treatment to more than 73,000 severely malnourished children. Boulierac said plans are in place to immediately scale up the operation to reach more children as soon as more money is available.

He also warned that the nutritional status of Afghanistan’s children is likely to worsen without more secure funding in the pipeline. (VOA)