Central Asia Region - Complex emergency fact sheet #16 (FY 2002)
U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR HUMANITARIAN RESPONSE (BHR)
OFFICE OF U.S. FOREIGN DISASTER ASSISTANCE (OFDA)|
CENTRAL ASIA TASK FORCE
Note: this Fact Sheet updates previously released Central Asia Region Fact Sheets and Situation Reports.
According to a joint assessment by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and Pakistani authorities, the total influx of Afghan refugees into Pakistan since September 11, 2001 is estimated at 100,000 to 110,000.
According to local press reports, the first winter rains are predicted within three days and could cause snowfall in the higher elevations of Afghanistan.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) compound in Kabul was bombed for a second time on October 26 and three of the four warehouses caught fire. The buildings contained food and blankets that were to be distributed to 55,000 disabled and other vulnerable people.
The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) reported that 6,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) are in a camp 20 kilometers inside Afghanistan near Spin-Boldak. An NGO from the United Arab Emirates is assisting the IDPs.
The offices of international humanitarian agencies in Afghanistan continue to experience looting and armed occupation. According to UNOCHA, the UNHCR office in Kandahar, which houses relief supplies, was looted. UNOCHA also reported that the U.N. World Food Program (WFP) office in Mazar-e Sharif is occupied by armed individuals, and local authorities are using two WFP vehicles. ICRC offices in Mazar-e Sharif were taken over by armed individuals on October 23.
UNHCR reports that 1,350 people are staying at the temporary staging site, Killi Faizo, in Pakistan close to the Chaman border crossing.
The current camp population at Makaki, located in a Taliban-controlled area on the Afghan side of the Iran-Afghanistan border, rose to 7,800, according to UNHCR. The Iranian Red Crescent Society (ICRS) is no longer registering new arrivals since the camp is approaching its limit of 1,000 tents.
The Mile 46 camp in a Northern Alliance-controlled area of Afghanistan near the Iran border currently has 568 people.
U.S. Government Activities
As of October 29, the Department of Defense (DOD) had airdropped 959,640 Humanitarian Daily Rations (HDRs) valued at $4,126,452 into Afghanistan.
Disaster Declarations & Background
On October 4, 2001, Assistant Secretary of State for South Asian Affairs Christina B. Rocca redeclared a complex humanitarian disaster for Afghanistan for FY 2002.
On October 10, 2001, U.S. Chargé d'Affaires James A. Boughner declared a disaster for Tajikistan due to drought.
|FY 2001 USG Assistance to Afghanistan|
|TOTAL USG Humanitarian Assistance FY 2001||
|FY 2002 USG Assistance to Afghanistan|
|TOTAL USG Humanitarian Assistance FY 2002||
|TOTAL USG Humanitarian Assistance to Afghanistan FY 2001/2002||
|USG Assistance to Tajikistan|
|Total USG Assistance to Tajikistan FY 2001||
|Total USAID/OFDA Assistance to Tajikistan FY 2002||
Note: full details of funding above are available in weekly USAID/OFDA Central Asia Region Situation Reports.