Afghanistan: Floods - Information Bulletin n° 2


Glide No. FL-2007-000035-AFG

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In Brief

This Bulletin (no. 02/2007) is being issued for information only, and reflects the status of the situation and information available at this time. The Federation is not seeking funding or other assistance from donors for this operation at this time.

For further information specifically related to this operation please see contact details on the last page.

The Situation

The recent heavy snowfall and torrential rain across Afghanistan have stopped, though some parts of the country are still beset by heavy rainfall and floods caused by the melting of snow.

In the northern region, on 21st March flash floods hit Faryab province, damaging 36 houses (with 10 being totally destroyed and 26 partially destroyed). About 16 people are missing in the northern province of Badakhshan, where an avalanche took place on 28th March. As accessibility to the provincial capital, Faizabad city, is almost impossible, the extent of damages or the exact number of casualties caused by the avalanche is not yet known.

In the eastern region, Laghman province was hit by floods on 24th March, causing damages in remote districts. Field assessments, conducted by the Afghan Red Crescent Society's (ARCS) Laghman branch, indicated that eight children were killed, eight people injured and 225 families (1,575 individuals) affected by the floods in these districts. A total of 78 houses were completely destroyed and 147 houses were partially destroyed. Floods in three districts in Nangahar province in the eastern region affected 21 families. The ARCS's Nangarhar branch sent three assessments teams to the affected areas on 28th March. A total of 99 families (693 individuals) in Laghman and Nangahar provinces were identified as being under category A (houses almost fully destroyed) and 298 families (2,086 individuals) were identified as being under category B (houses partially destroyed).

The western provinces of Heart, Badghis and Ghor, the southern provinces of Helmand and Uruzgan and the central regions of Ghazni and Daikundi remained flooded. Field assessments by the ARCS and the government are ongoing. In addition to the estimated 10,423 families (72,961 individuals), estimated as affected in these areas according to the initial field surveys, more affected people were identified in Heart province in the west -

(i) 612 affected families in Gulran district, making the total number of affected families in the district 1,530 (10,710 individuals). Of this figure, 788 families (5,516 individuals) were in category A and 742 families (5,194 individuals) in category B;

(ii) 114 affected families (798 individuals) in Karta area. Of this figure, 38 families (266 individuals) were in category A.

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

Afghanistan Red Crescent Society: Fatima Gailani (president); email:; Mobile: +93.79.385.533

Federation country delegation in Afghanistan: Davood Pourkhanali (head of delegation); email:; mobile: +; fax: +87.33.8228.0534

Federation South Asia regional delegation in India: Anitta Underlin (head of regional delegation); email:; phone: +91.11. 2411.1125; fax: +91.11. 2411.1128

Federation Secretariat in Geneva (Asia Pacific department): Hiroto Oyama (regional officer); email:; Phone: +41.22.730.4273; Fax: +41.22.733.0395 or Nelly Khrabraya (senior assistant); email:; phone: +44.22.730.4429; fax: +41.22 733.0395