Afghanistan: Floods - Emergency appeal n° MDRAF001 Operation update n°1


Appeal target (current): CHF 1,186,873 Appeal coverage: To date, the appeal is 38 per cent covered in cash and kind; and 58.6 per cent covered including contributions currently in the pipeline. Funds are needed to support the Afghan Red Crescent Society in this operation to assist those affected by the floods.

Appeal history:

  • This Preliminary Emergency Appeal was initially launched on 6 June 2012 for CHF 1,186,873 for six months to assist 14,000 beneficiaries (2,000 households).

  • Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 213,000 was allocated from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support this operation. Unearmarked funds to replenish DREF are encouraged.


Some 18,000 people were affected by flash flooding in the northern Afghan province of Sar-e-Pol. The flood affected families are living in three districts of the province, which were the worst hit. Media reports stated that 22 people died from the floods. The Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS), with support from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), responded to the needs of the people by distributing non-food items. Further distributions of non-food items as well as provision of emergency health care will be provided in the coming months as the operation moves ahead.

The situation

Afghanistan continues to experience both natural and man-made disasters which often have a significant toll on human lives, livelihoods, properties and infrastructure. Weeks after Sar-e-Pol province was hit by floods, Baghlan province, north of the capital Kabul, was struck by two earthquakes on 11 June. The earthquake caused a landslide which buried over 100 people.

With the warmer summer temperatures settling in, most of the snow across numerous mountains in the country is starting to melt. This poses the danger of further flooding from the mass movement of water from the mountains to valleys where large populations are settled.

Though the flood situation in Sar-e-Pol has abated, the after-effects still linger. Schools in the province continue to remain closed because of structural damages and the displacement of many villagers. The Sar-e-Pol Provincial Hospital in Sar-e-Pol City is also badly damaged by the flood water, and needs urgent assistance to maintain capacity and continue the delivery of health services to those in need.