Afghanistan: Flash Floods - Aug 2013
On 3 Aug 2013, heavy rains resulted in flash floods and high water levels in 13 villages in Surobi district of Afghanistan's Kabul province. As of 4 Aug, according to the DDA and IOM and based on an assessment of six villages, 42 people have died (23 confirmed deaths by IOM), 426 houses were completely destroyed (IOM), 832 livestock were washed away (DDA), 600 acre land were badly affected (DDA), 27,120 fruit trees and 2,110 meter protection wall were completely destroyed (DDA). (OCHA, 4 Aug 2013)
As of 30 Aug, flooding and heavy rains throughout the central, south eastern and central highlands regions had destroyed or damaged more than 1,400 houses, and left an estimated 68 people dead and 92 people injured (OCHA, 30 Aug 2013).
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
South Sudan: Ethnic violence which erupted in mid-December in the capital Juba has now spread northwards and is ongoing in several parts of the country. Three weeks of fighting have left at least 1,000 people dead and displaced over 200,000. As government troops advanced on rebel-held cities in the northeast, peace talks between the Government of South Sudan and a delegation representing former Vice-President Machar, have started in Ethiopia. Meanwhile, discussions between Khartoum and Juba regarding the protection of the oil fields in southern South Sudan are also underway.
Snapshot 12 – 19 November
Snapshot 5 – 12 November
In Syria, the opposition agreed to participate in international peace talks in Geneva under the condition that President al-Assad is excluded from any transitional government, which constitutes a major obstacle to the initiation of the process as the Government stated it will not enter discussion if this demand is upheld. The peace dialogue has been repeatedly postponed and will not go ahead as planned in November. To date, the overall number of Syrian refugees is over 2.2 million and the number of people in need in the country stands at 9.3 million.
Snapshot 29 October – 5 November
In Syria, the opposition remains divided over their participation to proposed peace talks in Geneva, with a decision being expected by 9 November. In Damascus, the Government repeated that it will not enter discussions if President al-Assad is forced to resign. While the overall number of Syrian refugees went over 2.2 million, revised estimates indicated that the number of people in need in Syria has increased from 6.8 million in April to 9.3 million in late October. An estimated 6.5 million are internally displaced.
In Syria, fighting has intensified in October with the Government gaining control of strategic areas around Damascus and south of Aleppo. Meanwhile, while the number of Syrian refugees has reached almost 2.2 million people, parties to the conflict and international actors are increasingly focused on the Geneva II conference scheduled to take place in November after having been postponed several times.
Attacks against humanitarian workers continue to hinder access and interrupt relief services
USAID/OFDA recently provided $4.5 million to improve access to lifesaving emergency health services in Afghanistan
The Global Food Security update provides a quarterly overview of key food security trends in vulnerable countries. Information is provided by WFP VAM field teams and partners.
• In Syria, revised estimates indicate that the number of IDPs has risen to 6.5 million from 4.25 million in July. Vulnerability is increasing due to conflict, reduced economic activity, reduced crop production and high prices. As of October, UNHCR reports that over 2 million Syrians had found refuge in neighboring countries.
Snapshot 08 – 15 October
In Syria, heavy fighting is ongoing in Rural Damascus, Dar’a, Aleppo, Idleb and Homs, with government forces making gains in Rural Damascus while the opposition has won ground in Dar’a. Despite the call of al-Qaeda’s leader for opposition fighters to unite, inter-group fighting has escalated in Aleppo over control for neighbourhoods. Meanwhile, the Syrian National Council announced that it did not intend to participate in the proposed Geneva II peace talks.
In Syria, heavy fighting along the border with Jordan in the southern province of Dar’a is on-going. After a week-long battle in Aleppo, the Government army regained control of the strategic town of Khanasser which is located on a key supply route between central Syria and Aleppo. Meanwhile, ground fighting is ongoing across Syria, with clashes extending to the previously relatively stable governorate of Tartous.
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.
A near normal second harvest is underway
• In general, acute food insecurity is anticipated to be Minimal (IPC Phase 1) in most parts of the country asfirst and second harvests were normal to above normal in terms of volume, increasing food available as household stocks and on markets. These harvests also provided labor opportunities for landless households and other households that depend on income from labor.