Nearly 380,000 undocumented Afghans return from Iran and Pakistan
Drought conditions in Badghis, Ghor, and Herat affected more than 22,400 people from January to mid-June
USG provides more than $67 million in FY 2018 assistance to respond to acute needs across Afghanistan
Nearly 380,000 undocumented Afghans returned from Iran and Pakistan between January and June, representing an increase of approximately 65 percent compared to the same period in 2017, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
Relief actors are responding to critical humanitarian needs among internally displaced persons (IDPs)—including nearly 133,000 people displaced by conflict in 2018—and returnees, the UN reports.
Persistent drought conditions and high temperatures have contributed to food insecurity in Afghanistan, according to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET).
Resulting crop damage and reduced access to fodder and grazing areas have threatened farmers’ and herders’ agricultural production and livestock supply and undermined food security and livelihood opportunities in the country, particularly in central, northern, and southwestern provinces.
The UN revised the 2018 Afghanistan Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP) in May to increase the funding appeal from $430 million to $547 million due to the impact of drought conditions and resultant deterioration in food security, aiming to reach 4.2 million people with emergency humanitarian assistance across Afghanistan.