Humanitarian agencies provide assistance to populations affected by weather-related incidents, including severe cold and floods
USAID/OFDA provides $3 million for countrywide nutrition and WASH support
The U.S. Government (USG) has provided more than $38 million to date in FY 2013
Weather-related incidents have affected more than 1,600 families, resulted in at least 26 deaths, and damaged or destroyed approximately 425 homes in 15 Afghan provinces to date in February, according to USAID/OFDA partner IOM. Heavy rainfall and flash flooding comprised the majority of the 28 reported incidents, particularly in Herat, Badghis, and Farah provinces in western Afghanistan, as well as southern and eastern areas of the country. In central and northeastern Afghanistan, severe winter weather and avalanches affected populations residing in high-elevation areas.
The Afghanistan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA), with support from IOM and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), is leading response efforts, including deploying rapid assessment teams to affected areas. As of February 20, ANDMA, IOM, and humanitarian partners had provided food and relief supplies—including emergency shelter materials, winter clothing, and hygiene kits—to more than 1,300 families, with plans to continue providing assistance based on needs identified during ongoing assessments.
State/PRM recently provided nearly $12 million to UNHCR to assist Afghan refugees residing in neighboring countries, refugees returning to Afghanistan, and populations displaced within the country. State/PRM funding will support local integration and resettlement programs, the provision of food assistance, and education, health, protection, and shelter activities.