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04 Mar 2010 description

KABUL, 4 March 2010 (IRIN) - Rain and warmer temperatures are expected to melt snow and cause floods in parts of Afghanistan over the coming weeks, government officials and experts warn.

"We are very concerned about severe floods this year due to warmer weather and other environmental reasons," Abdul Matin Edrak, director of the Afghanistan Disasters Management Authority (ANDMA), told IRIN on 3 March.

The country is vulnerable to seasonal floods and other natural disasters but has few disaster management resources, aid workers say.

Natural disasters seriously affect …

31 Jan 2010 description


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.

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.

14 Dec 2009 description
report UNOPS

Kabul, Afghanistan, December 14, 2009 - The Government of the Italian Republic is to provide EUR 1.8 million to support the Government of Afghanistan's disaster management efforts in western Afghanistan, increasing the country's capacity to cope with natural disasters.

UNOPS has signed an agreement with the Government of the Italian Republic to implement the 18-month Enhancing Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response project.

Afghanistan is prone to natural disasters causing the loss of lives, livelihoods and property.

10 Dec 2009 description

Written by Bagram Media Center

NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Task Force Mountain Warrior service members in conjunction with Afghan contractors, continue working to replace a bridge across the Saracha River in Nangahar province, Afghanistan.

Flash flooding destroyed the Saracha Bridge along Highway 1, cutting all traffic from Torkham Gate to Jalalabad, Aug. 31.

After the incident, Afghan contractors immediately built dirt bypasses for the vehicles and moved concrete to support the footers and piers of the bridge.

29 Oct 2009 description
  • The bumper main wheat harvest in 2009, decrease in cereal prices, and good food aid coverage are encouraging signs for the current food security situation in Afghanistan.

    - In Afghanistan, winter is a tough time for the majority of the population. Heavy snow typically blocks the main access roads between the provinces and main food markets, and also creates problems for humanitarian actors to access certain areas for food aid and other humanitarian assistance. Usually in the areas where access is a problem, food prices increase.

27 Oct 2009 description

Jalalabad, Afghanistan 27 Oct 2009 - The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is chlorinating hundreds of public water sources and conducting hygiene promotion sessions to help communities stricken by a severe outbreak of cholera in Afghanistan's eastern province of Nangahar.

23 Oct 2009 description
report Caritas

Caritas is appealing for US$2,977,520 (€ 2 million) to help Afghans combat the ongoing effects of droughts and floods as well as preparing them for the imminent harsh winter.

The appeal will provide immediate relief through food aid and employment programmes.

21 Oct 2009 description

At a glance

- 162 disasters in 2009

- 360 volunteers trained on human rights in disaster situations

- More Afghan refugees flee to Tajikistan

- Over 2.2 million children vaccinated

- Conference on Disaster Risk Management in Central Asia, 7-8 October

Current issues

162 disasters in 2009

The Committee of Emergency Situations and Civil Defense (CoES) reports that Tajikistan was hit by 162 disasters during the first nine months of 2009. Forty-four people perished and the damage incurred is estimated at $ 22 million. Close to 40,000 ha of cultivated land was affected.

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.

20 Oct 2009 description

Executive summary

In the context of Asia Pacific Zone, its demographic, socio-economic and environmental trends, and the International Federation's strategic priorities, South Asia remains one of the most disadvantaged regions in the world and is vulnerable to health and disaster-related risks due to poor socio-economic conditions. The region has some of the highest levels of poverty, being home to about half of the world's poor (1).

20 Oct 2009 description

Executive summary

The Asia Pacific region is home to more than half of the world's population, the majority of whom are poor and among the most disadvantaged in the world. Some 600 million women, men and children in the region live below the USD 1 a day poverty line, while 1.8 billion survive on less than USD 2 a day. Compounding the situation, the region is also highly disaster-prone. The diversity, scale and frequency of natural disasters across the region are daunting.

14 Oct 2009 description

New York, 14 octobre 2009 - Malgré l'existence de traitements peu couteux et efficaces, la diarrhée tue plus d'enfants que le sida, le paludisme et la rougeole réunis, selon un rapport publié aujourd'hui par l'UNICEF et l'Organisation mondiale pour la santé (OMS).

Le rapport, intitulé, Diarrhée - Pourquoi les enfants meurent encore et ce que l'on peut faire, contient des informations sur les causes des maladies diarrhéiques, des données sur l'accès aux moyens de prévention et de traitement, et un plan en 7 points pour réduire les décès dus à la diarrhée.

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14 Oct 2009 description


Brussels, 14 October 2009 - In line with its commitment to help the most vulnerable people, the European Commission allocated €2 million in humanitarian aid to help flood-hit people in northern Afghanistan. Many of the people there face an increasingly tough situation as winter approaches and food supplies become increasingly scarce.

Karel De Gucht, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, said: "Afghans are already suffering from a very difficult security situation.

14 Oct 2009 description

NEW YORK / GENEVA - Global campaigns to fight diarrhoea - the second deadliest illness for children - must be re-energized to prevent the deaths of millions in the developing world, UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO) said today as they released a new report on the disease.

"It is a tragedy that diarrhoea, which is little more than an inconvenience in the developed world, kills an estimated 1. 5 million children each year," said UNICEF Executive Director, Ann M. Veneman.

12 Oct 2009 description


Having regard to the Treaty establishing the European Community,

Having regard to Council Regulation (EC) No.1257/96 of 20 June 1996 concerning humanitarian aid1 , and in particular Article 2 and Article 15(2) thereof;


(1) The North and North-east provinces of Afghanistan were severely affected by successive waves of flash floods in May/June 2009 resulting from unusually long and strong rains overwhelming the coping capacities of many communities, followed in July and August by recurrent floods of a smaller scale …

04 Oct 2009 description

The Minister of Energy & Water, H.E. Alhaj Mohammad Ismail and the Head of the European Commission Delegation, H.E. Ambassador Hansjörg Kretschmer signed today a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the implementation of the second phase of Panj Amu River Basin Management Project.

The overall objective of this memorandum between the EU and Government of Afghanistan is to further support the sustainable protection and economic and equitable management of water and land resources across the North-Eastern Panj-Amu River Basin.

04 Oct 2009 description

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, 4 October 2009 (IRIN) - Dozens of families from the Kaldar and Shortepa districts of Balkh Province, in northern Afghanistan, have been displaced from their homes after the Amu River burst its banks, provincial officials said.

The Amu - also called the Oxus - is the longest river in Central Asia, with a basin including the territories of Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

"Over the past two months, more than 150 houses have been destroyed by the flooding waters of the Amu River," Rahmatullah Zahid, head of the disasters management …

30 Sep 2009 description

This document is intended to provide an overview of relevant sector events in Afghanistan from 23 September -29 September 2009.

30 Sep 2009 description

Key Points

- Insecurity and uncertainty over elections disrupt humanitarian programming

- Preparation of 2010 Humanitarian Action Plan ongoing

- Sub-national polio campaign improves vaccination rates in areas with difficult access

- New displacements reported in Helmand

- Civilian casualties continue to exceed expected seasonal trends

I. Humanitarian Overview


UNDSS reports that although the number of security incidents in September declined compared to the pre-election period, it was still higher than levels recorded during Ramadan in previous years.