Afghanistan: Spring Floods Wreak Havoc March – May 2012
A number of floods hit several regions of Afghanistan this spring. Flooding in parts of the north, especially in Sar-e Pul Province, was particularly severe with tens of thousands of individuals displaced, livestock killed, and homes destroyed. The Afghan government is providing the majority of relief with additional support from the UN and NGOs. Aid organizations estimate that flood victims may require humanitarian assistance for several months.
Region: South Asia
Published Date: 6/20/2012
Since March, ooding across Afghanistan has displaced tens of thousands of people, killed livestock, and inundated villages. Heavy rains and warm spring temperatures accelerated snowmelt following a particularly harsh winter with above-average snowfall across much of the north. Sar-e Pul Province was the hardest hit by ooding and victims will require humanitarian assistance for several months.
The Afghan government is providing the bulk of relief with additional UN and NGO assistance. However, washed out roads and continued poor weather impede access to many impacted areas.