- OCHA Humanitarian Bulletin Issue 36 | 01 - 31 January 2015
- Country Programme Action Plan between the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and UNFPA 2015-2019
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Appeals & Funding
The Avalanche in North East Afghanistan following heavy snow hit small mountainous province, Panjshir in the North of the capital, Kabul on February 26th 2015 caused wide spread disaster.
In wake of above scenario, the Government of Pakistan (GoP) has extended humanitarian relief assistance for the Avalanche affectees as a gesture of solidarity with the Afghan brethern.
In compliance with the directives of the GoP, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is dispatching two C-130 aircraft carrying 24 tons of humanitarian relief goods on 28th February 2015.
The Common Humanitarian Fund (CHF) for Afghanistan was established in January 2014 under the leadership of the Humanitarian Coordinator (HC). The objectives of the Afghanistan CHF are to promote needs-based assistance in accordance with humanitarian principles, to respond to the most urgent needs, and strengthen coordination and leadership through priority clusters and the HC.
In West Africa, regional harvests from the 2014/15 season arrived progressively onto markets in January. Staple food prices were stable or declining, except in areas directly and indirectly affected by the conflict in northeastern Nigeria. The recent opening of borders among Ebola-affected countries contributed to improved trade flows in some areas, following the substantial disruptions that occurred over the second half of 2014.
Talks Should Include Female Negotiators, Not Surrender Women’s Rights
(New York, March 1, 2015) – Afghanistan’s new government should commit to including women on the negotiating team for any future peace talks with the Taliban, Human Rights Watch said today.
Kabul, Afghanistan | AFP | Saturday 2/28/2015 - 16:43 GMT
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani Saturday pledged to set up a relief fund for the victims of avalanches that claimed over 280 lives, and called for international help with the relief effort.
Avalanches killed at least 286 people across Afghanistan last week, the bulk of the them in the mountainous province of Panjshir, around 150 kilometres (90 miles) north of Kabul.
Reporting Period: 13 – 26 February 15
Submission Date: 26 Feb 15
Location: Tangshew village, Maimai district, Badakhshan
Incident Type: Avalanche
Date of Incident: 26 Feb
Households in Badghis Province enter lean season with lower reserves than normal
Precipitation since the wet season began in October has been well below-average in most of Afghanistan through February. Although irrigation water will likely be sufficient for crops located in upstream areas, there is a risk that shortages may affect crops in areas further downstream during the primary March to July growing season.
Wheat is the staple food for most Afghans, comprising more than 70 percent of their diet. Low-quality rice is a poor, but sometimes necessary, substitute. All markets represent significant population centers and consumer markets. Kabul, the capital, supplies the central provinces and is a transit point between the north, south, east, and west. Jalalabad supplies the eastern part of the country and acts as a cross-border market with Pakistan. Mazar-e-Sarif supplies northern provinces and, in a good year, the southern provinces as well.
Dryness continues across much of southern Africa, flooding risks remain over Mozambique, Malawi and Madagascar
Africa Weather Hazards
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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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.