During the reporting period two natural disaster incidents were reported.
• Logar Province: On the 5th of February, ANDMA and IRC reported heavy snowfall and harsh winter affecting around 15 families in Kharwar district. Six casualties, including those of two children were also recorded. Families in other districts of the province were also severely affected. In response, IOM and IRC conducted an assessment in six districts: Baraki Barak, Kharwar, Khoshi, Pul-e-Alam, Mohammad Agha and centre, on the 10th of February. 152 families were confirmed for an assistance (houses severely damaged). IOM provided winter warm clothing to all families on the 20th of February, while IRC provided tarpaulins, in addition to 27 latrine kits and kitchen sets to female headed families.
Central Highland Region:
• Ghor-Lal Wa Sarejangal Province: On the 2 nd of February, as per information from Lal Wa Sarejangal district’s governor and ANDMA in Ghor, 70 families were displaced from Qafla, Taimazar, Khawzari Bala, Khawzari Payen villages to Dara and Khawzari Meyana villages due to avalanches and snowstorm. Despite the transportation difficulties due to heavy snowfall, IOM together with CDC, Lal DDMC and a representative from Lal district government conducted an assessment on the 8 th of February. 65 families were found displaced from Dara and Seya Bomak villages to Khawzari Payen, Khawzari Bala, Khawzari Meyana, Qafla and Taimazar villages. The families are currently living in the mosques and with host families. The main needs of the IDPs were winter warm clothing, blankets, hygiene kits, solar modules and food items. IOM assisted all families with the provision of winter warm clothing, blankets and solar lightening devices on the th of February, while food items and hygiene kits have been referred to WFP and OCHA.
• As reported by Lal wa Sarejangal district governor, on the 17 th of February, two additional families were affected by harsh winter in Lal wa Sarjangal (Sar Qawala village) of Ghor province. Two deaths (six and ten days old infants), due to pneumonia and high vulnerability of the families in the cold weather, were confirmed by DoPH. An initial assessment, conducted by ACF-Ghor, ARCS, ANDMA, DoPH and Office of the DG, recommended the families for NFIs, warm clothing, and food items. IOM will provide warm clothing and blankets to both families.