Afghanistan: Flash Floods Update No. 5 (as of 07 March 2019)

Situation Overview

In Kandahar province, some 21,200 people have been assessed requiring humanitarian assistance as a result of the floods. 25 people are known to have died and 40 people have been injured. According to joint assessments conducted by the government and humanitarian partners (including IOM, UNHCR, WFP, UNICEF, SWABAC, HAPA, SCI, NRC, DRC, DACAAR, APA, HRDA, COAR and ARCS) in Kandahar and seven flood-affected districts, 1,340 houses have been damaged and a further 1,276 have been destroyed.

Communities in Takhtapul district have yet to be assessed due to the wide geographical spread of the floods and the affected population. However, the number of assessment teams has increased to reach more people as quickly as possible.

In Hilmand province, almost 6,000 people have been affected by the floods and require humanitarian assistance, including 5,400 people who have been displaced from their homes. According to partners on the ground, more than 770 houses in the province have been destroyed.

Joint assessment teams (including IOM, AAH, IRC, DACAAR, HAPA, UNICEF, APA, UNHCR, WFP and government) verified 1,433 flood affected people on 6 March. The Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) has also managed to reach 644 affected households in Khoshkaba and Nahr-e-Saraj which are in hard to access areas. Further assessments are ongoing, including in contested areas, and the numbers of affected people will likely continue to rise.

Assessment teams have noted the most affected households gave access to boreholes for drinking water, and that no damage has been reported to schools or health facilities with people able to access necessary health services. However, communities in Khoshkaba and Nahr-e-Saraj are reportedly drinking unsafe water, raising concerns over outbreaks of diarrhoea and waterborne diseases.

In Farah province, ANDMA has reported that 9,250 households in Farah city have been assessed as flood-affected, including 3,600 families whose houses have been completely destroyed and more than 5,600 whose homes have been damaged. Joint assessment (Government and Humanitarian partners) will be organized; the first priority will be to assess the needs of the estimated 3,600 households whose homes have been destroyed.

In Hirat province, 254 households in Shindand district have been identified as affected by the floods. Assessments are ongoing in three other districts, Zawol, Pusht Koh and Zir Koh. There are no other reported humanitarian impacts in other districts of Hirat, and in these areas the impact has been largely on agricultural land.

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