Afghanistan: Floods and Landslides - Feb 2013
In the first week of February 2013, heavy rain and snowfall across Afghanistan caused considerable damage, leaving 10 people dead and hundreds of houses destroyed. More than 1,200 families were displaced. Areas in the Central and Western Regions are among the worst hit. (OCHA, 10 Feb 2013)
By the end of February, more than 1,600 families had been affected, 26 people had been killed, and about 425 homes had been damaged or destroyed in 15 of Afghanistan's 34 provinces. (USAID, 28 Feb 2013)
As of mid-April, over 70 weather-related incidents have been recorded throughout Afghanistan (IOM Weekly Summary Reports).
Heavy rain and flash floods starting on 24 Apr killed at least 17 people in the northern Balkh province. Hundreds of homes and thousands of acres of agricultural lands were destroyed. Submerged roads hamper the relief operations in the affected areas. (ECHO, 25 Apr 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
Kabul [ACTED News]
A series of floods and landslides washed away a number of homes in the Provinces of Badakshan and Takhar in the North East of Afghanistan at the end of 2012. ACTED carried out an emergency intervention for the most vulnerable households providing inputs and tools, training and technical supervision to enable them to rebuild their own homes. Some of the communities who lived in very remote valleys at the foot of high mountain passes, a day’s walk from the nearest district centre, used this opportunity to relocate to be near towns.
In Syria, despite the start of the Holy Month of Ramadan on 9 July, large-scale operations have been ongoing in several major cities, including Damascus, Homs, Aleppo, and Idlib with regime forces pushing to extend the gains obtained over the past weeks with support of the Lebanese Hezbollah fighters. Infighting within opposition forces has escalated in recent days with clashes reported between various Islamist and more moderate groups, notably between Kurdish fighters and al-Qaeda affiliated Islamists near the border with Turkey in Al-Hassakeh governorate.
In Syria, the regime’s offensive on Homs governorate and city is on-going with artillery and air strikes, displacing 400,000 and leaving an estimated 2,500 and 4,000 civilians trapped in and around the city. Some 2 million people in Government-controlled areas in Aleppo are affected by a siege of opposition forces that is blocking food and medicines from entering several areas. While the UN and the Red Cross have called for a truce during the month of Ramadan, the cease-fire was rejected by the Government.
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
In Syria, the regime’s offensive on Homs governorate and city is on-going with artillery and air strikes being reported. An estimated, 2,500 and 4,000 civilians are allegedly trapped in and around the city. Meanwhile, the number of Syrian refugees in neighboring countries continues to increase and is now approaching 1.75 million people according to UNHCR.
During the reporting period no natural disaster incidents were reported.
Logar Province (Update): Following flooding occurred in Mohammad Agha district on 17 June, 21 assessed families received assistance from IRC in form of emergency shelter and latrines, while WFP provided 4 months food ration to 107 families that includes 86 flood affected families of Khoshi district.
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.