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19 Jan 2018 description

Drought, earthquakes, floods, typhoons, volcanoes, and civil unrest, compounded by limited government response capacity in some countries, present significant challenges to vulnerable populations in the East Asia and the Pacific (EAP) region. Between FY 2008 and FY 2017, USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (USAID/FFP) provided humanitarian assistance in response to a range of natural and complex emergencies in the region.

27 Dec 2017 description


• Conflict displaces approximately 438,000 Afghans from January 1–December 19, 2017

• GoA, humanitarian agencies to address winter needs of 78,000 households

• Afghanistan HRP requests $430 million to assist approximately 2.8 million people


20 Oct 2017 description


• Conflict displaces nearly 270,000 Afghans from January–September 2017

• Deteriorating security conditions hinder access to displaced populations in hard-to-reach areas

• Armed groups target health care workers and facilities


19 Jul 2017 description


• Conflict-induced displacement in 2017 decreased 25 percent compared to the same period in 2016 • UNAMA reports record-high numbers of child casualties • Health and nutrition remain key concerns among relief actors


17 Apr 2017 description


  • Conflict-induced displacement in 2016 40 percent higher than in 2015

  • 2017 Afghanistan HRP seeks $550 million to meet humanitarian needs

  • Relief organizations report spike in security incidents involving staff


13 Jul 2016 description


  • Humanitarian access remains a significant challenge countrywide

  • Natural disasters affect fewer people in 2016 than in 2015

  • Donors contribute 29 percent of funding requested in 2016 HRP


  • Security conditions across Afghanistan have deteriorated in recent months, increasing the number of people displaced within the country and further constraining already limited access to crisis-affected populations.

06 Apr 2016 description


  • Civilian deaths in Afghanistan in 2015 surpass previous record

  • UNAMA documents increasing attacks on health facilities and personnel

  • Increased precipitation in March signals an improved agro-climatic outlook, raises flooding concerns


09 Mar 2016 description

The 2015-2016 El Niño has passed its peak but it remains strong and will continue to influence the global climate. It is expected to weaken in the coming months and fade away during the second quarter of 2016. The World Meteorological Organization states that models indicate a return to an El Niño neutral state during the second quarter of 2016. Meanwhile, strong El Niño conditions are quite likely through March-April. It is too early to predict if there will then be a swing to La Niña (the opposite of El Niño).

18 Dec 2015 description


  • Earthquake affects 134,000 people; USAID partners lead response
  • Humanitarian need increases significantly due to conflict and natural disaster
  • IDPs exceed 1 million


16 Oct 2015 description


  • Taliban seizes control of Kunduz, exacerbating insecurity

  • Ongoing attacks on civilians and aid workers hinder humanitarian access

  • Numbers of IDPs, returnees, and food- insecure households surge

  • USAID/OFDA commits an additional $16 million to support relief efforts 

02 Jul 2015 description


  • Renewed fighting displaces more than 20,000 families across five provinces

  • Targeted attacks on aid workers and foreigners result in 20 aid worker deaths

  • USAID/OFDA commits additional assistance to support humanitarian coordination and health initiatives

16 Apr 2015 description


  • Approximately 48,000 Afghans have returned from Pakistan to date in 2015, reflecting a substantial rise in the daily return rate from 2014.

  • Severe weather events affect more than 8,800 Afghan households in February and March.

  • USAID/FFP provides 40,300 metric tons (MT) in emergency food assistance to Afghanistan.


31 Mar 2015 description


  • Syria enters its fifth year of conflict

  • Up to 50,000 people may require assistance after late March clashes in Idlib Governorate

  • U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Samantha Power announces more than $507.8 million in new humanitarian funding, bringing the total USG contribution to the Syria crisis to nearly $3.7 billion


23 Jan 2015 description
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  • Humanitarian organizations respond to impacts of severe winter weather in Syria and neighboring countries.

  • UN Security Council unanimously adopts resolution renewing the mandate to conduct UN cross-border and cross-line humanitarian assistance.

  • In 2014, Syrians surpass Afghans as the largest refugee population covered under the global mandate of UNHCR.


28 Feb 2013 description


  • Humanitarian agencies provide assistance to populations affected by weather-related incidents, including severe cold and floods

  • USAID/OFDA provides $3 million for countrywide nutrition and WASH support

  • The U.S. Government (USG) has provided more than $38 million to date in FY 2013


30 Sep 2012 description


Natural hazards such as earthquakes, droughts, floods, wildfires, and extreme winter weather affect a range of countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Central Asia (EMCA). In addition, rapid urban growth and environmental degradation in some countries have led to overcrowding and settlement in hazard-prone areas. Protracted conflict and limited governmental disaster management capacity in many EMCA countries compound the risks associated with natural disasters.

12 Feb 2012 description

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN | FEBRUARY 12, 2012 – International Organizations and aid groups funded by USAID have begun distributing emergency winter aid to vulnerable migrant populations in camps in areas surrounding Kabul. The aid, distributed by a task force led by the U.N. Office for the Coordinator for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), includes blankets, tarpaulins, clothing, stoves, and fuel. USAID, working through implementing partners Save The Children and the International Organization for Migration, distributed additional supplies to fill any gaps left by OCHA's distribution.

01 Nov 2011 description


Existe evidencia científica que confirma que el cambio climático ha incrementado la intensidad de las tormentas tropicales y sus efectos sobre la elevación de la temperatura atmosférica y de la superficie del mar. Si este comportamiento continúa agudizándose, en las próximas décadas, los países de la región - particularmente América Central, la Región Andina y el Caribe, estarán expuestas a precipitaciones más fuertes y sequías más severas.

30 Sep 2011 description


  • An estimated 2.86 million people are food insecure in 14 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces due to a below-normal wheat crop production following limited rain and snowfall during the winter months, according to the U.N. World Food Program (WFP). Households in northwestern Afghanistan that are dependent on rain-fed wheat crops are expected to experience consumption deficits until the next harvest occurs in the spring of 2012, according to the USAID-supported Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET).