Afghanistan Flash Floods Situation Report No. 6 as of 2100h (local time) on 10 May 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The number affected by floods in Afghanistan has risen by a further 30,000 people to more than 120,000 people in 16 provinces (85 districts).

  • Coordinated humanitarian response remains through the NDMC and the PDMC of the individual affected provinces.

  • Three key concerns: 1. rupturing of the Balkh-Samangan highway and roads in Badakhshan. 2. Access due to insecurity remains problematic in a number of districts in Faryab, Jawzjan and Sar-e-Pul. 3. GiZ and USAID technical experts are en route to assess the buildup of water at Ab Barik in Badakhshan.

  • Balkh was worst hit by the new wave of flood water: 13 villages were inundated in Khulm district, affecting an estimated 2,000 families and over 500 individuals were rescued by ANA helicopters.

  • Sufficient relief stocks remain in country for the response; however, the logistics challenge is getting them from their prepositioned locations to the area of flood impact, which has continuously shifted over the past two weeks. Relief operations are likely to continue as heavy rains forecast for the next 7 to 10 days

  • The key focus as the floodwaters eventually recede is the rehabilitation and reconstruction of destroyed and damaged homes, infrastructure and agricultural land. The inclusion of disaster risk reduction components will be important, as many of the same districts have been flooded annually since 2012 and in Sari Pul and Jawzjan in particular

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