I. GENERAL SITUATION
From 13 to 19 May, joint country-based multi-agency teams visited various provinces of Northern Afghanistan to assess damage and evaluate needs of populations affected by floods. The region affected is located some 300 km north-east of Kabul, around the city of Mazar-j-Sharif and it includes the provinces of Balk, Saripul and Faryab. The situation on-site is considered to be stable and teams estimated that floods had reached their peak last week. As soon as possible assessment teams will also travel to those zones still isolated due to flooded roads. To date extensive damage/destruction is reported to private housing, commercial premises, water sources, agricultural land, irrigation channels, livestock and public/community infrastructures, such as trucks and grain mills.
Local authorities requested the following assistance:
a. Gabions b. Reopening of canals. c. Bulldozers to clean areas and reinforce embankments. batteries and lubricants for bulldozers. d. 20,000 litres of diesel fuel. e. 1 vehicle for supervision and 1,500 litres of fuel f. 500 MT of food g. Medicines h. Wheat flour for 10,000 families (due to grain mills destruction) i. Diesel powered flour mills to replace destroyed water powered mills.
UN system, humanitarian agencies, local authorities and Afghan Red Crescent Society are at present in the process of quantifying/prioritizing needs by location in order to fine tune the already ongoing response and mobilize needed assets/resources.
The mobilization and/or pre-positioning of the following assistance have been reported:
|WFP||500 MT of wheat and food packages (for Sholgara district).|
|UNOCHA||2 bulldozers, lubricants and batteries.|
|UNICEF||Plastic sheeting and support in water supply.|
|UNHCR||Funds for gabions.|
|FAO||200,000 doses of Anthrax vaccines for livestock.|
|UNOPS||Repair of 2 bridges (in Sholgara district).|
|ICRC||10 MT of wheat flour and 40 family rations.|
|IFRC||1,000 blankets and 300 bales of clothes.|
|OXFAM||Fuel for bulldozers and funds for gabions.|
DHA-Geneva is monitoring the situation in close cooperation with the UN Coordinator, UNOCHA Islamabad, who is coordinating further assessments and inter-agency response to this disaster.
Telephone number: +41-22-917-1234
In case of emergency only: +41-22-917-2010
Desk Officer: Mr. Sergio Piazzi, direct tel: +41-22-917-3518
Press to contact: Ms. M. Moulin-Acevedo, direct tel: +41-22-917-2856
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