Afghanistan: Earthquake - Apr 2013
A 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck 24 kilometers northwest of the Nangarhar provincial capital Jalalabad in eastern Afghanistan near the Pakistani border on 24 Apr 2013. The quake killed 18 people, injured 141 and damaged 676 houses. (IOM, 25 Apr 2013)
About 120,000 people were affected by natural disasters in 2013, including the earthquake. These households are expected to remain Stressed (IPC Phase 2) between now and September. (FEWS NET, 24 Jun 2013)
SCA started the renovation work of the Jalalabad component workshop, which was damaged due to earthquake last year. The Post Code Lottery is funding the project and the renovation work will be completed within two months with a budget of 840, 000 AFS.
Last year the component workshop was cracked due to the earthquake in April. SCA RAD Programme is producing wheelchairs and other supportive devices for the rehabilitation of persons with disabilities.
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.
from January – December 2013
242 Recorded Incidents
177 Assessed Incidents
￼13,272 Affected Families
￼90,505 Affected Individuals
￼5,383 Families Assisted
￼43,163 Individuals Assisted
10,000 NFIs Distributed
￼32 Provinces Assisted
￼Natural Disaster Affected and Displaced Families from 1 January to 31 December 2013
42% increase in trauma injury patients
Active hostilities continue to adversely impact access
Food security outlook positive
Watershed project in Mazar-i - Sharif
12 Disaster Risk Reduction projects implemented along Amu River
CHAP 55% funded
The humanitarian situation in Afghanistan continues to deteriorate, with growing needs amongst internally displaced people (IDPs), other people struggling with the impact of conflict and natural disasters and communities exposed to communicable diseases coupled with challenges for some populations to access basic services.
The intensification of conflict is well documented.
The wheat harvest is underway and likely of above normal volume
• Between now and November 2013, staple food availability both at the household and market levels is likely increasing. This is primarily the result of the ongoing above average wheat harvest, which would be the second year in a row of above average production.
• Economic access to food is also likely to improve between now and November as labor opportunities, wages, and livestock prices peak during the summer.
The present report is submitted pursuant to General Assembly resolution 67/16 and Security Council resolution 2096 (2013), in which the Council requested me to report on developments in Afghanistan every three months.
Snapshot 06 - 13 2013
• 5,300 families affected by floods
• Earthquake affects Nangarhar and Kunar provinces
• Escalation of conflict in Faryab causes displacement
• Enhanced humanitarian air capacity
• Establishing a Common Humanitarian Fund