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ERM Rapid Assessment & Distribution Report - Kabul Informal Settlements, March 2014


Recommendation and Analysis:

Due to the recent heavy rains on 14 to 17 March 2014, some of the KIS have been affected by flood or heavy rains that majority of the KIS population have lost their shelter, NFI and Food items. The information has been triangulated with all stockholders like ANDMA, DoRR, Kabul Municipality, UNOCHA and NRC as soon as received. The ERM team conducted the assessment for the mentioned above settlements on 16-18-19-23 and 24 March 2014.

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ECHO Factsheet – March 2014 – Pakistan

Key messages

  • The emergency needs of a million people internally displaced due to the conflict in the northwest of Pakistan and in the regions neighbouring Afghanistan, as well as those of millions affected by four successive years of floods, must continue to be addressed.

  • The government-facilitated return process for the internally displaced people must be voluntary, safe and dignified.

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Afghanistan - Cold Wave (ECHO Daily Flash 10 February 2014)

Severe winter conditions continue to claim lives in Afghanistan. According to reports the severe weather and heavy snow has affected vulnerable families, including IDPs, in 7 provinces of the country. 63 people were killed so far, 12 are injured. 1500 sheep were killed. Due to lack of animal fodder, 100,000 more livestock are in danger of dying.

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Afghanistan - Severe Weather (ECHO Daily Flash 5 February 2014)

Heavy snowfall and low temperatures continue to affect northern Afghanistan. Local media report 10 people killed by the severe weather on 4 February in Darz Aab and Qush Tepa districts of Jawzjan province.

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Afghanistan - Snow Avalanche (ECHO Daily Flash 3 February 2014)

Heavy snow falls continue in most parts of Afghanistan. The snow fall has resulted in avalanches in remote parts of Badakhshan province (North-Eastern Afghanistan). According to reports, one avalanche has killed 9 people in Kofaab district of Badakhshan while 6 others were injured in a 2nd avalanche.

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16 January 2014: World events

ECUADOR – Severe Weather

• Heavy rains and landslides reported in Coastal and Sierra regions; three people killed, 37 injured. Serious material damage to homes and public infrastructure reported. (ECHO)

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Ensuring food security in remote Afghanistan

10/01/2014 – The people of Daykundi province, in the Central Highlands of Afghanistan, survive in the harshest of conditions. Cut off from the rest of the country during five months of the year when roads are snowed in, the vast majority of the population depends exclusively on rain-fed subsistence agriculture, with a single harvest a year.

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Humanitarian Implementation Plan (HIP) Pakistan (ECHO/PAK/BUD/2013/91000) Last update: 18/11/13 Version 3


In order to match the needs and current context in Pakistan, in particular as relates to food insecurity and the scale and severity of malnutrition, it was decided to transfer EUR 1 300 000 from the Humanitarian Aid Budget Line to the Food Aid Budget Line.

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EU Children of Peace: a lasting legacy of the Nobel Peace Prize supporting thousands of children worldwide

The European Commission will support 80 000 children affected by conflict through new humanitarian projects announced today which are supported by the 'EU Children of Peace' initiative. The European Commission established 'EU Children of Peace' last year after it was honoured with the Nobel Prize for Peace, investing the Prize money in helping children who are living in conflict and post-conflict environments. It will continue to make a difference for even more children in the year ahead.

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On the Wings of Hope [Video]

02/10/2013 - "On Wings of Hope" tells the story of Pactec, a humanitarian flight service in Afghanistan, that set's out to save a little boys life. ECHO's partner, PACTEC, is operating humanitarian flight services in Afghanistan. This film describes one particular incident and gives an insight into the dedication of the air and ground teams providing vital assistance to remote populations.

Film and stroy credit: Pascal Depuhl / Movies by Depuhl.

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Décision d’exécution de la Commission du 14.8.2013 modifiant la décision d’exécution C(2012) 9883 de la Commission du 4.1.2013 relative au financement des priorités opérationnelles de l’aide umanitaire sur le budget général 2013 de l’Union européenne


vu le traité sur le fonctionnement de l’Union européenne,

vu le règlement (CE) nº 1257/96 du Conseil du 20 juin 1996 concernant l’aide humanitaire1 (ci-après le «règlement concernant l’aide humanitaire»), et notamment son article 2, en particulier le point c), son article 4 et son article 15, paragraphes 2 et 3,

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World + 4 others
World Humanitarian Day: the European Union's support for humanitarian work

On the 19th of August ten years ago, the brutal onslaught to the United Nations' headquarters in Baghdad resulted in the death of the 22 people including the UN Special Representative in Iraq Sergio Vieira de Mello. In memory of the victims of this attack and of all other humanitarians who find themselves in the line of fire, 19 August was designated as World Humanitarian Day (WHD) by the United Nations General Assembly in 2008.

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ECHO Factsheet Humanitarian Air Services – July 2013

Key messages

  • air services are a lifeline for millions of vulnerable people in humanitarian crisis where quick and safe access is critical to save lives;

  • Due to lack of reliable infrastructure, access to many crises is difficult and often altogether impossible. Therefore humanitarian air services are often the only way to get access to remote places and reach people in need;

  • On top of transporting humanitarian supplies and workers, humanitarian air services perform medical and security evacuations;

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Afghanistan + 2 others
ECHO Factsheet Afghanistan – June 2013

Key messages

• The provision of protection, shelter and livelihood opportunities to displaced people and the most vulnerable returning refugees must be sustained.

• It is vital to advocate for safe access to people in need so that humanitarian workers can deliver assistance in a context of insecurity which has made several parts of the country inaccessible for humanitarian organizations.

• The resilience of Afghans to recurrent natural hazards must be increased.

Humanitarian situation and needs

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Humanitarian Implementation Plan (HIP) Pakistan (ECHO/PAK/BUD/2013/91000) Last update: 14/06/13 Version 2


The conflict in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) is classified by DG ECHO as a forgotten crisis. This already underfunded crisis has been aggravated by new waves of displacement. Since February 2013, UNHCR has registered 26,706 families (approximately 200 000 individuals) displaced from Khyber and Kurram agencies. These new displacements increase the already existing number of IDPs in the Northwest of Pakistan to over 1.25 million individuals.

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World + 15 others
ECHO Factsheet Refugees - June 2013

Humanitarian situation

Key messages

  • Refugees are at the heart of the European Commission's mandate as they are the most vulnerable group in humanitarian crises. This is why the European Commission mobilizes a significant part of its annual humanitarian aid budget (28% in 2012) to projects which support refugees.

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Commission Implementing Decision of 11.6.2013 amending Commission Implementing Decision C(2012)9883 on the financing of humanitarian aid operational priorities from the 2013 general budget of the European Union (ECHO/WWD/BUD/2013/01000)


Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No 1257/96 of 20 June 1996 concerning humanitarian aid ("the Humanitarian Aid Regulation"), and in particular Article 2, notably 2 (c), Article 4 and Article 15(2) and (3) thereof,

Having regard to Council Decision 2001/822/EC of 27 November 2001 on the association of the overseas countries and territories with the European Community ("Overseas Association Decision"), and in particular Articles 21 and 30 thereof,


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Keeping Warm in the Kabul Informal Settlements

Tucked behind a truck depot, the Dewan Begi Settlement, in the Western part of Kabul, is a maze of tents, tarpaulin sheets and ricketty fences. Children in tatters can be seen playing around in the mud, while women come and go between their makeshift houses and the only two water pumps to which this slum of some 190 families has access to. This is only one of over fifty Kabul Informal Settlements (KIS), as they are called, which have popped up in the Afghan capital over the past decade or so.

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Afghanistan - Floods (ECHO Daily Flash, 25/04/2013)

Heavy rain and flash floods during the last 24 hours have killed at least 17 people in the Balkh province in northern Afghanistan also incurring huge financial losses.

Hundreds of homes and thousands of acres of agricultural lands have been destroyed caused by flooding in Koshenda and Sholgara districts of northern Balkh province. The floods have also affected part of Mazar city including the city’s airport.