Afghanistan on brink of ''humanitarian catastrophe'', worst is yet to come: United Nations agencies
Geneva: U.N. agencies on Friday (August 13) warned of a humanitarian catastrophe in Afghanistan as Taliban advances drive tens of thousands of people from their homes amid spreading hunger. Insurgents have taken control of the second- and third-biggest cities as Western embassies prepared to send in troops to help evacuate staff, although the United Nations said its 320 staff members would remain. "We fear the worst is yet to come and the larger tide of hunger is fast approaching... The situation has all the hallmarks of a humanitarian catastrophe," the World Food Programme`s Thomson Phiri told a U.N. briefing.