ACAPS Briefing Note: Afghanistan - Floods (2 March 2017)

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Crisis overview

Continuous heavy rainfall since February has caused severe flooding in Khashrod and Chakhansur districts in Nimroz province. As of 23 February several homes had been destroyed or swept away by flood waters, and over 20,000 hectares of arable land had been submerged in flood water. An estimated 3,000 people have been affected and displaced by flooding in both Chakhansur and Khashrod districts. Affected populations are in dire need of humanitarian assistance. Some of the affected were already vulnerable prior to the flooding. Many were either internally displaced or returnees from Iran.

Key findings

Anticipated scope and scale

As of 1 March, 3,000 people are affected (300 families in Chakhansur, 200 families in Khashrod). This is equivalent to 11 villages in Chakhansur and 12 villages in Khashrod. The flood season normally lasts from March to May, so needs could increase over the coming month.

Priorities for humanitarian intervention

The key priorities are emergency shelter and non-food items, food, safe drinking water, and medical supplies. Joint assessments are still ongoing.

Humanitarian constraints

There are access constraints, particularly in Chakhansur as floods have made roads impassable. Violence targeted at humanitarian aid workers and general insecurity in Khashrod are also a problem.