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28 Jun 2014 description


Afghanistan is exposed to multiple, predictable and recurrent natural hazards which are exacerbated by on-going climate change. Afghanistan is ranked twelfth on the seismic risk index, twenty-second on the drought risk index, twenty-fourth on the flood risk index, thirtieth on the landslide risk index and eighty-second on the severe storm risk index. The economic and human impact of these recurrent disasters is devastating.

07 Nov 2013 description

The remote eastern province of Badakhshan is often referred to as Afghanistan’s natural disaster capital. Crammed between China, Pakistan and Tajikistan, the Province takes in the Hindu Kush and Pamir mountain ranges, along with a mixed terrain of deserts, grasslands, savannahs, scrub and forests.

31 May 2013 description

Although much has been done to better understand the profiles and needs of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Afghanistan1, in 2013, at a time of growing forced internal displacement and of upcoming political and military transition, key questions remain. With internal displacement being one of the key humanitarian priorities in Afghanistan, and with numbers exceeding half a million individuals displaced from their homes, the question is whether stakeholders have envisaged all available options of assistance.

13 Dec 2012 description

The snow cover product is a classification of 8-days snow covered areas created by a synthesis of satellite data (MODIS MOD10).

25 Oct 2012 description
report IRIN

KABUL, 25 October 2012 (IRIN) - After last year's Afghan winter - the harshest in 15 years - killed dozens of displaced children in urban settlements, government and aid agencies in Afghanistan are preparing themselves for the coming winter.

As of 30 September 2012, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) reported 445,856 persons internally displaced due to conflict. Many of these live in informal settlements in and around Kabul, but their numbers can be hard to track.

04 Oct 2012 description
report Medair

Medair expands its relief programme in Central Highlands to help struggling communities recover from drought, flooding, and poor access to water and sanitation.

Communities in the Central Highlands are extremely vulnerable to flooding, drought, and harsh weather conditions at the high altitudes. Furthermore, flash floods in 2010, severe drought in 2011, and a harsh winter in 2012 have pushed many families to the edge of their capacity to cope. Despite serious needs, few organisations are active in this remote area to provide families with assistance.

13 Aug 2012 description


This HIP's allocation of 4 MEUR from the food aid budget line could not be programmed and committed in the first half of 2012. It was decided to enable a transfer of 4 MEUR from the Food Aid Budget Line to the Humanitarian Aid Budget Line under the present HIP. The two reasons behind this change are the following:

23 Jul 2012 description

Humanitarian needs in Afghanistan continue to mount while financial resources to respond are declining, as reflected in funding to actions coordinated in the 2012 Consolidated Appeal (CAP) and contributions to the Emergency Response Fund. Funding shortfalls are most likely to affect internally displaced people (IDPs), chronically vulnerable people coping with the consequences of the harshest winter for 15 years, victims of sudden-onset and natural disasters, and communities exposed to communicable disease.

22 Jul 2012 description

Natural disaster incidents as recorded by OCHA field offices from 1 January - 30 June 2012

10 Jul 2012 description


Harsh weather and floods, combined with reduced population coverage by health services activates a Health Cluster emergency response, depleting available funds and resources.

30 May 2012 description

Despite the severe but localized spring floods, cereal harvest prospects remain good

  • In contrast to last year, the continuity of precipitation during the latter part of the wet season is likely to lead to an average to above average rainfed wheat harvest.

  • The localized but sometimes devastating 2012 spring floods have had severe impacts at the levels of the valleys and districts where floods have taken place, particularly in northern Afghanistan. However, the likely impact on the overall, national cereal harvest will be minimal.

09 May 2012 description
report The New York Times


KABUL, Afghanistan — After a harsh winter killed children in refugee camps around the Afghan capital and brought attention to poor conditions there, a new study by a French aid agency said the disaster was more extensive than originally thought, with at least 100 young children claimed by the cold.

Read the full article in the New York Times.

04 May 2012 description

Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA)
South Asia Region, Regional Office for Asia-Pacific, Bangkok, Thailand


Disaster Response in Focus: Winter Emergency in Afghanistan

30 Apr 2012 description

In April, the Afghanistan Agrometerological Network (Agromet), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) which was assisted by the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (CHA) and the Afghan Veterinary Association (AVA), the World Food Program (WFP), and FEWS NET conducted a rapid food security assessment all over the country. This month’s Food Security Outlook is a joint FEWS NET, WFP, FAO, and Agromet report that incorporates these findings.