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Afghanistan: Flash Flood Situation Report, 27 April 2014 (covering 24-26 April)

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Situation Overview:

Heavy rainfall beginning on 24 April caused flash floods in nine northern and western provinces. Initial reports obtained from provincial authorities indicate that 95 people have lost their lives and many others are still missing. In addition, the flooding has displaced more than 2,284 families and negatively impacted more than 5,565 families. The flooding also resulted in the destruction of public facilities, roads, and thousands of hectares of agricultural land and gardens. IOM, in close coordination with the Afghan National Disaster Management Authority (ANDMA) and Provincial Disaster Management Committee (PDMC) members, mobilized to the affected areas for rapid joint assessments in order to verify the emergency needs of the affected families. Based on the findings of these assessments, IOM and partners are planning interventions for the affected populations.

Highlights:

• In addition to available stocks prepositioned in the Northern Region, IOM dispatched 787 Family Revitalization Kits, 400 Winter Modules, 150 Family Modules, 550 Blanket Modules, 1,000 Emergency Shelter Kits from its warehouses in Kabul and Paktia on 27 April.

• According to ANDMA officials and community elders, the gabion walls recently constructed by IOM in Sar-e-Pul, Sholgara District of Balkh Province and Farkhar District of Takhar Province protected the respective communities from flooding.

• IOM field staff, including female staff members, from other regions have been deployed to facilitate joint assessments and distributions in affected parts of the Northern Region.

• IOM is coordinating and actively participating in all assessments in the affected provinces. IOM is also assessing gaps in the affected provinces and may replenish stocks in the north by dispatching NFIs and emergency shelter kits from the Central Highland Region.

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