The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR, has provided assistance to thousands of needy people across Afghanistan, the agency said on Thursday.

On Wednesday, the UNHCR in collaboration with a number of aid agencies provided essential household items to a total of 4,506 people in Kabul, Kandahar, Kunduz and Balkh provinces, UNHCR Afghanistan wrote on twitter.

“In Herat (province) we provided cash grants to 665 persons to meet basic needs, and in Kabul and Herat 973 persons received cash for rent,’’ the agency said.

The UN agencies together with aid agencies and a number of non-governmental organisations were racing against time to deliver life-saving aid and supplies to crisis-hit Afghans ahead of winter.

The economic situation had worsen in Afghanistan with higher unemployment rate and rising poverty.