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25 Jun 2018 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Wheat production in 2018 estimated at average level

  • Cereal exports in 2018/19 forecast to increase from 2017/18 level

  • Prices of wheat and wheat flour weakened seasonally in recent months

  • Food insecurity persists in some localized areas

Wheat output in 2018 estimated at average level

25 Jun 2018 description

FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT

  • Below average cereal output forecast for 2018 following dry weather conditions

  • Cereal import requirements in 2018/19 increasing

  • Wheat prices generally stable, inflation easing

  • High levels of food insecurity

Below average cereal output forecast in 2018 following dry weather conditions

22 Jun 2018 description

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) was revised to include response to the drought and now calls for $547 million.

  • In May, flash floods and flooding affected more than 46,000 people across the country.

  • In provinces like Kandahar, Helmand, Wardak, Paktika, Zabul or Uruzgan up to 85 per cent of all girls are not going to school.

  • In 2018, more than 320,000 Afghan citizens have returned from Iran, many of them deported by authorities.

21 Jun 2018 description

KARACHI: The Supreme Court on Wednesday constituted a commission to conduct an inquiry into causes of death of eight infants in Tharparkar district, where the level of malnutrition remains high due to frequent drought.

Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar directed the commission, headed by Additional Inspector General of police Sanaullah Abbasi, to submit a report to the court in two months.

20 Jun 2018 description

Key updates, May 2018

  • Due to the upcoming elections, 5 health facilities are used as polling centres, which will negatively affect the provision of services.

  • In May, 10 attacks on health care were reported. These included closure of 6 health facilities, 3 incidents of looting of equipment and supplies, one health worker killed and one more detained by AGEs.

  • Health Cluster partners are responding to a drought that affects the northern region. Up to 2.2 million people may be affected by food insecurity.

19 Jun 2018 description
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Key issues in the past week:

  • Since January, more than 130,000 people have been displaced by conflict across the country.

  • 36 patients with Crimean–Congo Haemorrhagic Fever have been hospitalised in Hirat City.

  • In Nuristan, armed men set fire to a hospital and detained medical staff for one night.

  • In Daychopan, Zabul, all three health facilities remained closed for the third week in a row.

Countrywide conflict displacement

15 Jun 2018 description

Gulf of Guinea is abnormally dry, while areas of Kenya remain at risk for flooding

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Poorly-distributed rain during the March-May rainfall season has led to large moisture deficits in southeastern Tigray and eastern Amhara regions of Ethiopia.

  2. A slow onset to seasonal rainfall and consistent limited rain over the past several weeks has maintained moisture deficits and caused abnormal dryness over the Gulf of Guinea countries.

15 Jun 2018 description

by Rina Saeed Khan | Thomson Reuters Foundation

Water available per person is set to reach a tenth - or less - of what it once was, experts say

ISLAMABAD, June 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Pakistan's water crisis has become increasingly visible in recent months: levels in the largest dams are low; parched irrigation canals mean farmers in the south planted less cotton; and the commercial capital Karachi has long queues at hydrants.

12 Jun 2018 description

I. Introduction

  1. The present report is submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 68/11 and Security Council resolution 2405 (2018), in which the Secretary-General was requested to report every three months on developments in Afghanistan.

  2. The report provides an update on the activities of the United Nations in Afghanistan, including political, humanitarian, development and human rights efforts, since the issuance of the previous report, on 27 February 2018 (A/72/768–S/2018/165).

12 Jun 2018 description
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Key issues in the past week:

• Conflict forced 8,600 people from their homes across the country, according to initial reports.

• More than 9,500 people returned Afghanistan from abroad during the past week.

• 244 survivors of Gender Based Violence were assisted by Cluster-partners.

• More than 40,000 people received aid across the country from some 20 humanitarian partners.

Countrywide conflict displacement

11 Jun 2018 description

By Khaleeq Kiani

ISLAMABAD: The river flows have improved for now with river Kabul in high floods but drought-like conditions have already hit most parts of the country, affecting Kharif crops.

07 Jun 2018 description

Les problèmes liés au pâturage et les répercussions du conflit sur le commerce de bétail contribuent à faire augmenter les souffrances liées à la faim chez les éleveurs ouest-africains

06 Jun 2018 description

By Khaleeq Kiani

ISLAMABAD: The drought-like conditions prevailing in the country since the start of the Kharif season two months ago showed early signs of fading on Monday as temperatures rose to the highest level in 10 years in the catchment areas.

The temperatures in Skardu increased suddenly to 32 degree Celsius — highest in 10 years — resulting in swift snow melting and increased river flows.

05 Jun 2018 description

SITUATION

  • More than three decades of war, sustained flows of returnees, civil unrest, insurgent activity and recurring natural disasters have contributed to chronic humanitarian need in Afghanistan. As of early June, nearly 117,000 people are internally displaced due to conflict, more than 326,200 undocumented Afghans have returned from Iran and Pakistan, and approximately 10,000 people have migrated due to drought in 2018, according to the UN.

05 Jun 2018 description
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An estimated 1.4 million Afghans need life-saving assistance in the coming months, due to severe drought caused by La Niña climate conditions. “Water wells have run dry, crops are lost, livestock is dying. Farmers are forced to leave their villages”, says Abdur Rauf, humanitarian program coordinator for Cordaid in Kabul.

04 Jun 2018 description

Key issues in the past week:

• Conflict forced 6,300 people from their homes across the country, according to initial reports.

• Flash floods in Takhar reportedly affected around 700 people, according to first information.

• Snow fall in the Central Highlands created extensive destruction of fields and orchards.

• In Hilmand, 150,000 heads of livestock have died due to the drought, according to authorities.

Countrywide conflict displacement

31 May 2018 description

Tropical Cyclone Mekunu hits Yemen and Oman, while West Africa records mixed rainfall

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Insufficient rain since January has resulted in large moisture deficits and below-average vegetation conditions over portions of northwestern Angola.

  2. Poorly-distributed rain since late February has resulted in abnormal dryness across central and northeastern Ethiopia.

30 May 2018 description

By Saleem Shahid

QUETTA: In a bid to overcome drought in some districts of the province, the Balochistan government has decided to use cloud seeding and artificial rain technology, a practice successfully used in drought-hit regions of the world.

Initially, the project will cater to needs of an area of 10,000 square kilometres in Gwadar district, where the catchment of four dams is located.

28 May 2018 description

Key issues in the past week:

  • Fighting in Ghazni and Faryab provinces reportedly displaced nearly 20,000 people.
  • A new case of polio from Shahwalikot district, Kandahar, brings this year’s total of cases to 8.
  • More than 18,000 people affected by the recent flash floods received assistance.
  • 20,000 people who migrated due to the drought receive water via water trucking.

Countrywide conflict displacement

27 May 2018 description

SITUATION UPDATE

In April, drought and food insecurity in large part of the country raised concern along with ongoing conflict and mass population displacement. 1 million are at risk of life-threatening food insecurity.

On April 30, two blasts killed nine journalists and many other civilians. Other explosions occurred across the country injuring and killing many in April.