US hopes to accept 95,000 Afghan evacuees

The US government says it hopes to accept 95,000 people who fled their homes in Afghanistan and is seeking a 6.4 billion dollar budget for their resettlement.

More than 120,000 people have evacuated from Afghanistan since the Taliban seized power. Among them, about 24,000 Afghans have arrived in the US. Most are staying at military bases and going through resettlement procedures.

President Joe Biden's administration said on Tuesday that the White House plan calls for resettling 65,000 Afghans by the end of September and 30,000 more over the next 12 months.

Administration officials said the government is seeking Congressional approval for the budget to support the evacuees. The money would be used for what they need to start a new life, including housing and healthcare.