Afghanistan - Forest Fires OCHA Situation Report No. 2

Situation Report
Originally published
Ref. OCHA/GVA - 99/0075
Afghanistan - Forest Fires
OCHA Situation Report No.2
6 July 1999

1. According to information received from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance to Afghanistan the massive fire which broke out on 12 June 1999 in the forest of the Sholake valley, Kunar Province of Afghanistan has been extinguished by rains and the local population.

2. On 24 June, the Islamic Relief Agency (ISRA) which has an office, health clinic and seed production and processing unit in Assadabad, the capital city of Kunar Province, confirmed that the fire has been extinguished. According to ISRA, the fires had spread from Shorak to the neighbouring villages and caused partial burning of the natural forests in Badail and Kurangal villages. In total approximately 160 sq km of forest have been destroyed. No human losses were reported.

3. On 24 June also, the United Nations Special Mission in Afghanistan (UNSMA) conducted a reconnaissance flight to the affected region. The UNSMA plane flew over the area for about 50 minutes but was not able to detect flames or smoke. Visibility was reported to be around 70 per cent.

4. This is the last OCHA Situation Report concerning this disaster unless there are unforeseen developments.

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