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24 Apr 2010 description

This report covers the period 1 January to 31 December 2009.

In brief

Programme purpose:

- Improve the health status of vulnerable people in targeted areas.

- Reduce the numbers of deaths, injuries and impact from disasters.

- Promote respect for diversity and human dignity, and reduce intolerance, discrimination and social exclusion.

- Enhance the service delivery capacity of Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) at all levels.

Programme(s) summary:

The major activities during the reporting period include the following:

Disaster management: The ARCS …

15 Apr 2010 description

Kabul, Afghanistan, April 15, 2010 - Kabul Mayor Yusef Nawandesh and U.S. Ambassador Karl W. Eikenberry laid the foundation stone at a ceremony today signifying the start of a seven kilometer canal project designed to stop flooding in about 50 percent of Kabul's streets. Several Afghan officials and members of the donor community were present to witness the ceremony.

Every year the streets of Kabul flood during the rainy season, making this project a top priority of the Kabul Municipality. However, there was no funding to implement the Municipality's new canal design until now.

31 Jan 2010 description

(Extract)

Providing food aid in remote mountainous areas of Afghanistan

Drought, famine, severe weather conditions and other climate change-induced hazards pose significant risks for most of Afghanistan, often adding to the impact of the global food crisis on local populations. Coupled with a volatile economy and labour market, these hazards leave isolated mountainous communities with restricted access to food.

28 Dec 2009 description

Various United Nations agencies and their partners began assisting thousands of victims of the flash floods that ravaged five provinces of Afghanistan in April and May.

Among the Agencies providing emergency food assistance was the World Food Programme (WFP), which delivered food rations to over 25,000 people affected by flooding in the north, north-east, and west Afghanistan.

24 Dec 2009 description

This report covers the period 01 July to 31 December 2009.

In brief

Programme purpose:

- Improve the health status of vulnerable people in targeted areas.

- Reduce the numbers of deaths, injuries and impact from disasters.

- Promote respect for diversity and human dignity, and reduce intolerance, discrimination and social exclusion.

- Enhance the service delivery capacity of Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) at all levels.

Programmes summary:

The major activities during the reporting period include the following:

Disaster management: The disaster management …

21 Dec 2009 description

OCHA: It's a real privilege to be here to present the collective efforts of the humanitarian community which consists of course of appropriate government agencies, the UN agencies and programmes and NGOs, whether international or national NGOs

I'd like to start by posing some significant figures to show the scope of work that we have to deal with.

There are about 400,000 Afghans who are seriously affected by natural disasters.

20 Oct 2009 description

Executive summary

Afghanistan has experienced three decades of internal conflict which has seriously affected its socio-economical infrastructure, causing wide scale displacement of people both within and outside the country accompanied by widespread poverty. The cumulative impacts of the conflict and its aftermath have deprived many people access to basic facilities like water, electricity and basic health care.

02 Sep 2009 description

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Melting Himalayan glaciers and other climate change impacts pose a direct threat to the water and food security of more than 1.6 billion people in South Asia, according to preliminary findings of a new study financed by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Analyzing current trends and scenarios based on projected temperature increases, the study warns that four countries in South Asia - Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India and Nepal - are particularly vulnerable to falling crop yields caused by glacier retreat, floods, droughts, erratic rainfall and other climate change …

31 Aug 2009 description
report World Bank
  • South Asia is endowed with great rivers, which are the lifelines of the regional economy.

    - Impacts of climate change are shared by many countries across the Himalaya Region.

    - Regional cooperation can play a key role in adaptation and development in the Himalayan region.

    The Government of Nepal is hosting a Regional Climate Conference titled "Kathmandu to Copenhagen," from August 31 to September 1, 2009.

27 Aug 2009 description
report UN General Assembly

Sixty-fourth session
Item 72 (a) of the provisional agenda
Strengthening of the coordination of humanitarian and
disaster relief assistance of the United Nations, including
special economic assistance: strengthening of the coordination

19 Aug 2009 description

U.S. AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
BUREAU FOR DEMOCRACY, CONFLICT, AND HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE (DCHA)

19 Aug 2009 description
report ACTED

The project aims at supporting flood-affected population in areas of Afghanistan heavily hit by spring flooding (Kishim, Nahrin and Burka districts).1,000 households (7,000 persons) will directly benefit from this 3-month project. These 7,000 persons will benefit from distribution of NFIs as well as participate in Cash For Work (CFW) activities, which will cover their basic food needs during short-term emergency.

Donor: European Commission's Humanitarian Aid Department

24 Jul 2009 description
report Medair

Afghanistan - Medair's Disaster Risk Reduction team is helping the most vulnerable villages in Afghanistan's Badakhshan province protect themselves in the event of natural disasters.

"The biggest challenge is the roads," says Kaihan Majeed, Construction Engineer and Senior Coordinator on Medair's Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) team.

21 Jul 2009 description


1. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Under-reported by the media and thus less known to the outside world, Afghanistan's humanitarian crisis is currently defined by some of the following statistics:

- There are 235,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) in Afghanistan and 2.6 million registered Afghan refugees in the region;

- An estimated 7.4 million people (31% of the population) are food-insecure, of whom 5.8 million are in rural areas and 1.6 million in urban areas;

- 400,000 Afghans are seriously affected by natural disasters each year;

08 Jul 2009 description

NATO's satellite imaging experts have created a map that predicts likely flooding patterns and areas in Afghanistan, making it possible to plan preventive action for future flood seasons. The map is soon to be formally handed over to the Afghan authorities in Kabul.

Afghanistan has always been a country with periodic threats of floods due to intense rainfall, the melting of snow or a combination of both phenomena.

07 Jul 2009 description

KABUL, 7 July 2009 (IRIN) - Stagnant water in flood-affected parts of Afghanistan is the perfect breeding ground for malaria-causing mosquitoes, health specialists warn.

"We anticipate an increase in malaria cases this year," Najibullah Safi, director of the National Malaria and Leishmaniasis Control Programme (NMLCP), told IRIN in Kabul.

"Malaria mosquitoes breed in wet conditions and because we have had ample rainfall this year there will be opportunities for an increase in malaria cases," he said.

January-June floods affected over 21,000 households and …

06 Jul 2009 description

Kabul accused of failing to assist those whose homes and livelihoods were swept away.

By Naqib Ishaqzai in Balkh (ARR No. 324, 06-July-09)

From his makeshift home on a hill, Sikandar peer downs silently at a muddy stream below, which a month ago flooded his village in the Chaharbolak district of Balkh province.

"God has buried everything I had under this water," said Sikander, who lost his home and cattle in the raging torrent that engulfed the area.

He somehow managed to rescue his wife and children from the flood, which struck at midnight when they were …

01 Jul 2009 description

KABUL, 1 July 2009 (IRIN) - Thousands of people who lost their houses in January-May flooding in different parts of Afghanistan need help to repair or rebuild their homes, or find new ones, before winter.

"Where houses are damaged or completely destroyed, people are in urgent need of shelter," Asif Khairkhwa, chairman of the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) in the northern province of Balkh, told IRIN.

30 Jun 2009 description
report UN Children's Fund

KEY SECURITY DEVELOPMENTS

Terrorism Trends- Suicide attacks and IED (Improvised Explosive Devices) in and around larger urban areas increased at a steady rate as the AGE intensified their summer campaign, with the objective of destabilizing the elections of August 2009. An average of 50 IED incidents reported per week. Suicide attacks have continued at a rate of three or four per week, with a balance of approximately 50% being suicide vehicles aimed at International forces and suicide attacks mainly aimed at Afghan Government and Security forces.