Afghanistan: Cold Wave - Feb 2001
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- FAO: 60 million people in 33 countries suffer from food shortages, says FAO report. 1 Mar 2001
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- FAO: FAO/GIEWS Food Outlook No. 1, 2001. 22 Feb 2001
- WFP: WFP Emergency Report No. 9 of 2001. 2 Mar 2001
- FAO: FAO/GIEWS Food Outlook No. 1, 2002. 28 Feb 2002
Rome, May 2002
Rome, February 2002, No. 1
Strengthening of the coordination of emergency humanitarian assistance of the United Nations
The country is gripped by a grave food crisis, following the third successive year of below average crop production due to drought, continuing civil conflict and a harsh winter. An FAO/WFP Crop and Food Supply Assessment Mission which visited the country in May 2001 issued its report on 8 June.
URGENT NEEDS IN NUTRITION, SHELTER AND WATER & SANITATION SECTORS
- Over 12 million Afghans affected by drought
- New IDP population over 500,000
- Increased mortality amongst children under five
- Only 43 % of Emergency Plan requirements funded
1. EMERGENCY OVERVIEW AND RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
Afghanistan faces crisis due to conflict and drought
This report includes: (A) Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) (B) Central Asia: (1) Afghanistan, (2) Pakistan (C) Southern Africa: (1) Angola, (2) Namibia (D) West Africa: (1) Guinea, (2) Sierra Leone (E) DPR Korea (F) Chad
(A) Balkans: (1) Kosovo, (2) Serbia, (3) Montenegro, (4) fYRoM (B) West and Central Asia: (1) Afghanistan, (2) Pakistan, (3) Iran (C) Guinea (D) Southern Africa: (1) Angola, (2) Namibia (E) Horn of Africa: (1) Ethiopia, (2) Eritrea, (3) Kenya (F) Niger (G) Burundi (H) El Salvador (I) East Timor From Francesco Strippoli, Senior Humanitarian Adviser; available on the Internet on the WFP Home Page (www.wfp.org), or by e-mail from Zlatan.Milisic@wfp.org.
In recent months, more than 700,000 people, about 4% of Afghanistan's population, have been on the move, fleeing hunger, drought and war. Entire villages have been abandoned. According to the United Nations, more than one million people are at risk of starvation.
"Afghanistan is heading towards a possible famine and the needs for food and seeds for a new harvest to reverse this are enormous." - Fouad Hikmat, head of mission for the MSF project in the Pakistani city of Peshawar
1. EMERGENCY OVERVIEW AND RECENT DEVELOPMENTS
Afghanistan faces crisis of conflict and drought Afghans are suffering from the long-term impact of conflict and its related consequences such as severe weakening of the infrastructure and human resource base, as well as death, injury and trauma. In addition, since last year, Afghans are also experiencing the most serious drought in 30 years.
Massive displacements throughout the country
This report includes: A) West and Central Asia: 1) Afghanistan, 2) Pakistan B) West Coastal Africa: 1) Guinea, 2) Sierra Leone, 3) Liberia C) Great Lakes: 1) Burundi, 2) Uganda, 3) Tanzania D) Horn of Africa: 1) Kenya, 2) Eritrea, 3) Ethiopia E) DPR Korea F) El Salvador G) Bolivia H) Laos I) Indonesia J) Rapid Response Base
Heavy snow has fallen over the mountains of west Afghanistan, but the drought in central Asia is still affecting the lives of hundreds of thousands of Afghans. Large groups of people are on the move in search of food, and Christian Aid partners report that the drought - now in its third year - will have repercussions for many years.
Liz O'Donnell T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs (with Special Responsibility for Overseas Development Assistance and Human Rights), has announced an unprecedented package of humanitarian and rehabilitation assistance to benefit 21 of the world's poorest and crisis-stricken countries.
Since the beginning of January, at least 44,000 families in western and northern regions of Bolivia have been affected by floods and landslides caused by heavy rains. Homes and crops have been destroyed and roads have been blocked, cutting off communication and transportation. UMCOR has sent a grant to the Evangelical Methodist Church in Bolivia to help provide food relief and medical assistance for people suffering from water-borne illnesses. To join in these relief efforts, please give to UMCOR's International Disaster Response, Advance #982450-8.
This report includes: (A) West and Central Asia: (1) Afghanistan, (2) Pakistan (B) Great Lakes Region: (1) Burundi, (2) Uganda (C) West Africa: (1) Guinea, (2) Sierra Leone, (3) Liberia, (4) Guinea Bissau (D) Angola (E) Northern Caucasus: (1) Ingushetia, (2) Chechnya (F) Balkans: (1) Kosovo, (2) Serbia, (3) Montenegro, (4) FYROM, (5) Albania (G) Bangladesh (H) DPR Korea
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