Nine provinces have been affected by heavy rains and flooding since 1 March. Helmand, Zabul, Kandahar, Uruzgan, Herat and Farah, also affected by a five-year drought, were particularly impacted. Another seven provinces have seen snowfall, avalanches and mudslides.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), more than 112 000 people are affected and the figure is on the rise as assessments continue. More than 70 people died and more than 16 000 houses were swept away. A further 111 000 people live in areas of high risk and may be affected as rains resume in the coming days.
Many areas are also exposed to conflict and drought and are host to hundreds of thousands of displaced. Population resilience is very low, and any additional shock puts them in a dire situation.
The humanitarian response is slowly being put in place to assist those affected with emergency shelter, household items, hygiene kits, food and water.