Balkh Province, Kaldar District Floods – Amu Darya Riverbank Erosion Incident Report No. 1

This report is produced by OCHA Afghanistan in collaboration with humanitarian partners. It covers the period from 9-12 April 2012.

I. HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES

  • High levels of water in Amu Darya River resulted in riverbank erosion and displacement of 145 families in Kaldar district of Balkh province.

  • Humanitarian organizations provided emergency shelter, food and non-food assistance.

II. Situation Overview

High levels of Amu Darya water have eroded riverbanks in Kaldar district of Balkh province. 145 families lost their homes, gardens, agricultural land and livelihoods as a result of the riverbank erosion. A joint assessment was carried out by an inter-agency team consisting of ActionAid, ANDMA, IOM, Save the Children, and WFP. Immediate assistance needs include emergency shelter, non-food items, food, and hygiene kits. On 10 and 12 April, humanitarian organizations provided 145 affected families with three month food rations from WFP and NFI packages from IOM and Save the Children. NFI packages include household items, emergency shelter items, children’s clothes, hygiene kits and quilts.

III. Humanitarian Needs and Response

Needs: Emergency shelter, non-food items, food, hygiene kits

Response: WFP provided food; IOM and Save the Children provided emergency shelter and NFIs.

Gaps & Constraints: Governmental plan for resettlement of the displaced families.

IV. Coordination

Balkh Provincial Disaster Management Committee, Northern Region Emergency Shelter and NFI Cluster, Northern Region Food Security and Agriculture Cluster are being used as coordination platforms.

V. Funding

In kind and material resources already mobilized.

VI. Contact

OCHA Afghanistan
Christophe Verhellen
Public Information Officer
e-mail: verhellen@un.org
Tel: +93793001132
http://afg.humanitarianresponse.info

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