Afghanistan: Flash Floods Update No. 6 (as of 11 March 2019)

Situation Overview

In Kandahar province, 4,698 households (more than 33,000 people) have been identified as requiring humanitarian assistance as a result of flooding. Across eight provinces and Kandahar city, 1,855 houses have been destroyed and 2,841 houses have been partially damaged by flooding. There was further rain on 10 March, although no new flooding incidents have been reported.

Assessments in Kandahar city were concluded on 10 March. Nine districts are yet to be assessed due to insecurity although the Red Crescent is planning to scale up assessments in these areas.

On 10 March, the Government announced that it would provide 126 million afganis (afs) to support shelter repairs, agricultural support and other assistance packages, which will be mainly distributed to the nine hard-to-reach districts that are yet to be assessed.

In Hilmand province, 1,092 families across four districts – Nahr-e-Saraj, Nawa-e-Barakzaiy, Lashkragah and Nad-e-Ali - have been verified as requiring humanitarian assistance as a result of the flooding that began on 2 March. A further 1,320 flood-affected families in Khoshkaba, Nahr-e-Saraj, and the Surkhdoz area of Nawa-e-Barakzaiy, have been identified by the Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS) but have not been verified by joint Government-UN/NGO assessment teams.

Immediate needs have been identified as food, NFIs including blankets, multi-purpose cash, tents, shelter kits, and water and sanitation assistance.

In Farah province, 3,205 households have been identified as affected by the floods, and requiring humanitarian assistance. Of these households, 1,601 homes have been destroyed and 1,604 have been partially damaged.

According to inter-agency assessment teams (HAPA, NPO/RRAA, DACAAR, DRC, ANDMA, DoRR, DoAIL and MoRR), 85 per cent of the flood-affected areas have been assessed as of 10 March. Assessments in Farah city are due to be complete on 12 March. Areas outside of the city have not been assessed due to insecurity, although surge staff have been deployed to some affected districts to begin assessments.

On 9 March, heavy rain struck Muqur district, Badghis province, resulting in flash floods that damaged infrastructure and agricultural land in three villages, Sangi Zard, Cheshma Duzdak and Kalanzai. Wheat, cumin, pea and pistachio crops have been destroyed by the flood waters, and irrigation canals have been damaged. Water systems including wells, water catchments and water reservoirs have been destroyed. It has been reported that in some affected areas, flood waters are 50 cm high, and there is the risk that poorly constructed homes may collapse. A joint assessment team (DRRD, IRC, WV and NPO/RRAA) are going to be deployed for assessment tomorrow. Partners on the ground have reported that there is sufficient stock available locally to respond to the needs in the affected area.

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