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27 Feb 2015 description

Dryness continues across much of southern Africa, flooding risks remain over Mozambique, Malawi and Madagascar

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Since mid-December, consistently heavy rainfall has occurred over southern Malawi and central/ northern Mozambique. Above-average rain forecast for the next week will keep flooding risks elevated. 2 Poorly distributed rainfall has resulted in mid-season dryness across eastern Botswana, northern South Africa, central/southern Mozambique, and central/southern Zimbabwe. Dryness is forecast to continue next week.

27 Feb 2015 description
report World Bank

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Farmers in Herat Province are able to increase productivity and save time and money as a result of a more efficient irrigation system, supported by the On-Farm Water Management Project (OFWMP).

  • The project aims to support on-farm water management investments in five regions in Afghanistan, covering a total of 10,000 hectares.

  • It is implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock and supported by a grant from the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund.

26 Feb 2015 description

The Secretary-General is deeply saddened by the loss of life in Afghanistan as a result of avalanches, landslides and floods in Kabul, Parwan, Panjsher, Kapisa, Badakhshan and Nuristan provinces.

The Secretary-General extends his sincere condolences to the people and Government of Afghanistan, especially those who have lost family members, friends, homes and livelihoods in these disasters.

26 Feb 2015 description

Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) has recently launched a multi-sector development project worth $441,428 (QR 1,606,530) for the populations of Goshta and Bihsud districts and social care home inmates in Jalalabad, Nangarhar province, eastern Afghanistan, in partnership with the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS).​

26 Feb 2015 description
  • The fourth meeting of the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee concerning the international spread of wild poliovirus was convened last week. Outcomes and the Committee’s final report will be made available on www.polioeradication.org.
26 Feb 2015 description

Kabul, Afghanistan | AFP | Friday 2/27/2015 - 13:52 GMT

More than 250 people have been killed in a series of avalanches triggered by heavy snowfall around Afghanistan this week, provincial authorities said Friday.

The bulk of the deaths have come in Panjshir province, north of Kabul, where at least 186 people were killed, acting provincial governor Abdul Rahman Kabiri told AFP.

Kabiri said president Mohammad Ashraf Ghani was due to inspect and visit the damage to the northern reaches of the valley late on Friday.

26 Feb 2015 description

Kabul, Afghanistan | AFP | Thursday 2/26/2015 - 05:29 GMT

by Mushtaq MOJADDIDI

A Taliban suicide attack targeting a Turkish diplomatic vehicle belonging to the NATO mission killed two people in Kabul Thursday, highlighting the fragile security situation as the Afghan government presses for talks with the militants.

The blast came shortly after 8:00 am (0330 GMT), not far from the Iranian embassy. Police said the dead included a Turkish national and an Afghan passer-by.

26 Feb 2015 description

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This report provides an overview of the number of people in immigration detention and Offshore Processing Centres as at midnight on the date of the report. The report is produced on a monthly basis.

25 Feb 2015 description
report Deutsche Welle

Over 30,000 Afghan nationals in Pakistan have returned home this year, with 2.6 million others allegedly under pressure to leave. The UNHCR's Babar Baloch tells DW Islamabad has assured no refugees will be forced back

25 Feb 2015 description

What is the current thinking on best practice in capacity development for national-level government institutions in fragile and conflict-affected states? Identify common forms of support for capacity development provided by donors as well as innovative approaches being trialled, and evaluations of programmes where available. What are the key lessons learned? Afghanistan is of particular interest.

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25 Feb 2015 description

Kabul, Afghanistan | Wednesday 2/25/2015 - 15:33 GMT

Avalanches triggered by heavy snow have killed more than 100 people in mountainous areas of northern Afghanistan, officials said on Wednesday, as rescuers battled to save dozens more trapped in the snow.

Almost all of the victims were in Panjshir province, approximately 150 kilometres (90 miles) north of the capital Kabul, acting governor Abdul Rahman Kabiri told AFP.

25 Feb 2015 description

Swedish Committee for Afghanistan trained 121 persons with disabilities including 50 females in several vocational courses in Ghazni, Logar and Maidan Wardak provinces. Funded by the SCA with nearly seven million Afs, the vocational courses included tailoring, carpentry and furniture making.

The graduates upon completion of nine-month long training were awarded certificates along with kits and financial support in launching their own businesses.

25 Feb 2015 description

About 400 Households in a Village in Badghis Province Get Access to Drinkable Water

In a remote part of western Badghis province where underground water is mostly salty, people in Dahane Abshar-e-Rigi village of Maqur district responded to their drinking water need by building rainwater reservoirs with US$ 125,000 funding from the National Area-Based Development Programme of UNDP and the Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development.

25 Feb 2015 description

Kabul, Afghanistan | Wednesday 2/25/2015 - 09:52 GMT

Avalanches triggered by heavy snowfalls have killed at least 28 people in Afghanistan and the death toll is expected to rise, officials said on Wednesday.

Most of the victims were in Panjshir province north of Kabul, where two days of heavy snow have blocked main roads and made it difficult for rescue workers to reach the affected villages.

Deadly avalanches are common in Afghanistan's high mountainous areas in winter. One in the remote far northeast in 2012 left 145 people missing, presumed dead.

25 Feb 2015 description

Afghanistan: UN Report on Torture in Detention Shows Some Progress, Calls for More Effective Measures

KABUL, 25 February 2015 - A UN report released today on the torture and ill-treatment of conflict-related detainees in Government detention facilities shows some progress and welcomes the new administration’s commitment to accelerate its efforts to fully eliminate the practice of torture and ill-treatment in detention facilities.

25 Feb 2015 description
report Voice of America

VOA News
Last updated on: February 24, 2015 10:02 AM

Officials in southern Afghanistan say gunmen have abducted 30 men who are members of the country's Hazara Shiite Muslim minority group.

No one has claimed responsibility for the late Monday abduction, which officials say began when the gunmen stopped two buses on a major road in Zabul province.

An official with the bus company said the driver stopped for the gunmen because he believed they were soldiers. He said the kidnappers took the men, but left behind the women and children.

24 Feb 2015 description
report The New York Times

By JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN

FEB. 23, 2015

TORKHAM, Afghanistan — First, the Afghan families’ homes were raided by Pakistani policemen wielding sticks. Then the men were hauled off to jail, released only after relatives paid bribes.

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24 Feb 2015 description

Snapshot 18-24 February 2015

Myanmar: 90,000 people are now reported to have been displaced by continuing violence between government troops and multiple armed groups in Kokang, Shan state. Aid organisations have been subject to attack – seven people were wounded in two separate incidents.