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Ensuring two-way communication between humanitarians and affected people

During previous disasters, some of the worst-affected areas were cut off from aid for weeks. Responses were further undermined by incoherence among aid agencies.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Afghanistan: Snow Cover 29 November - 6 December, 2012 vs 2011(as of 10 Dec 2012)

The snow cover product is a classification of 8-days snow covered areas created by a synthesis of satellite data (MODIS MOD10).

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Winter planning aims to save lives

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IRIN

KABUL, 25 October 2012 (IRIN) - After last year's Afghan winter - the harshest in 15 years - killed dozens of displaced children in urban settlements, government and aid agencies in Afghanistan are preparing themselves for the coming winter.

As of 30 September 2012, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) reported 445,856 persons internally displaced due to conflict. Many of these live in informal settlements in and around Kabul, but their numbers can be hard to track.

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

Une sélection d'articles d'IRIN sont publiés sur ReliefWeb. Trouvez d'autres articles et analyses d'IRIN sur http://www.irinnews.org

This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

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Thousands more Afghan families to receive assistance in remote Central Highlands

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Medair

Medair expands its relief programme in Central Highlands to help struggling communities recover from drought, flooding, and poor access to water and sanitation.

Communities in the Central Highlands are extremely vulnerable to flooding, drought, and harsh weather conditions at the high altitudes. Furthermore, flash floods in 2010, severe drought in 2011, and a harsh winter in 2012 have pushed many families to the edge of their capacity to cope. Despite serious needs, few organisations are active in this remote area to provide families with assistance.

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Afghanistan: Districts Affected by Natural Disasters (1 January - 31 August 2012)

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Afghanistan + 2 others
Humanitarian Implementation Plan (HIP): the Afghan crisis (including affected populations of Afghans in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran) ECHO/-AS/BUD/2012/91000 - Last update: 02/08/12 Version 2

0 . MAJOR CHANGES SINCE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE HIP

This HIP's allocation of 4 MEUR from the food aid budget line could not be programmed and committed in the first half of 2012. It was decided to enable a transfer of 4 MEUR from the Food Aid Budget Line to the Humanitarian Aid Budget Line under the present HIP. The two reasons behind this change are the following:

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Afghanistan + 2 others
Mid-Year Review of the Consolidated Appeal for Afghanistan 2012

  1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Humanitarian needs in Afghanistan continue to mount while financial resources to respond are declining, as reflected in funding to actions coordinated in the 2012 Consolidated Appeal (CAP) and contributions to the Emergency Response Fund. Funding shortfalls are most likely to affect internally displaced people (IDPs), chronically vulnerable people coping with the consequences of the harshest winter for 15 years, victims of sudden-onset and natural disasters, and communities exposed to communicable disease.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Afghanistan: Districts Affected by Natural Disasters (as of 23 July 2012)

Natural disaster incidents as recorded by OCHA field offices from 1 January - 30 June 2012

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Health Cluster report: January–June 2012

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Harsh weather and floods, combined with reduced population coverage by health services activates a Health Cluster emergency response, depleting available funds and resources.

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Afghanistan: Districts Affected by Natural Disasters from 1 January - 15 June 2012

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

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Afghanistan Food Security Outlook Update May 2012

Despite the severe but localized spring floods, cereal harvest prospects remain good

  • In contrast to last year, the continuity of precipitation during the latter part of the wet season is likely to lead to an average to above average rainfed wheat harvest.

  • The localized but sometimes devastating 2012 spring floods have had severe impacts at the levels of the valleys and districts where floods have taken place, particularly in northern Afghanistan. However, the likely impact on the overall, national cereal harvest will be minimal.

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Winter Killed at Least 100 Afghan Refugee Children, Study Estimates

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New York Times

By ROD NORDLAND

KABUL, Afghanistan — After a harsh winter killed children in refugee camps around the Afghan capital and brought attention to poor conditions there, a new study by a French aid agency said the disaster was more extensive than originally thought, with at least 100 young children claimed by the cold.

Read the full article in the New York Times.

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Afghanistan + 1 other
USAID/OFDA South Asia Newsletter March-April 2012

Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA)
South Asia Region, Regional Office for Asia-Pacific, Bangkok, Thailand

DISASTER RESPONSE

Disaster Response in Focus: Winter Emergency in Afghanistan

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Afghanistan + 2 others
Afghanistan Food Security Outlook, April to September 2012

In April, the Afghanistan Agrometerological Network (Agromet), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) which was assisted by the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (CHA) and the Afghan Veterinary Association (AVA), the World Food Program (WFP), and FEWS NET conducted a rapid food security assessment all over the country. This month’s Food Security Outlook is a joint FEWS NET, WFP, FAO, and Agromet report that incorporates these findings.

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Nature’s unforgiving hand in Afghanistan

In February 2012, heavy snowfall in Badakhshan, a province in the far northeast corner of Afghanistan, triggered catastrophic avalanches, burying entire villages in feet of snow. Children in kabul’s displacement camps died because of the extreme cold. Concern Worldwide’s Peter Wilson visited the country recently and witnessed the devastation of the harsh winter firsthand. This is his story.

Isolated communities

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International Medical Corps Responds to Avalanche in Afghanistan

April 9, 2012— Afghanistan’s coldest winter in 15 years has claimed the lives of several Afghans in recent months, most of them children. Following heavy snowfall in March, International Medical Corps’ Afghanistan team responded to an avalanche that affected Quesht, Adesho and Gola Poshala villages of the Mandol district in Nuristan Province. One of the most remote and underdeveloped provinces of Afghanistan, Nuristan lies on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, where road access is frequently cut off by heavy snowfall.