We, the 61 undersigned National and International Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), members of Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief and Development (ACBAR), condemn in the strongest terms the atrocious attack on NGO offices in Jalalabad (Nangarhar) on Wednesday 24 January. It has been reported that there is a loss of at least 7 lives, more than 31 people injured, including five children. We would like to pass our condolences to the families of the victims of this atrocious attack.
This position paper of the Afghanistan Resilience Consortium prepared for the 2016 Brussels Conference on Afghanistan calls on the country and its partners to allocate greater political, technical, and financial resources to building the country’s resilience to natural hazards and climate change. Afghanistan is facing one of the world’s most serious crises, with millions of people in need of assistance and an even greater number at risk from natural hazards and climate change.
The recommendations to the Government of Afghanistan and its international partners include:
In May flash floods hit the Khuram was Sarbagh district of Samangan leaving communities with no time to prepare and wreaking devastation on already vulnerable households. Alongside 30 years of conflict, Afghanistan is prone to natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes and drought, which have been occurring with increasing regularity over recent years.
BADAKHSHAN – LANDSLIDE APPEAL
On Friday, 2nd May landslides engulfed two villages in the remote and mountainous in Argo District of Badakhshan Province in north-eastern Afghanistan. It was last reported that 2,500 lives were lost.
Over three hundred dwellings were destroyed in this harrowing natural disaster, caused by recent very heavy rains in the north of the country. The final death rate will not be known for some time.