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Afghanistan: Spring Floods Appeal No. 05EA005 Operations Update No. 5

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In Brief

Appeal No. 05EA005; Operations Update no. 5; Period covered: 23 August 2005 to 15 January 2006; Appeal coverage: 111.5%;

Appeal history:

Launched on 31 March 2005 for CHF 2,235,000 (USD 1,925,894 or EUR 1,451,770) for an initial period of 6 months to assist 70,000 beneficiaries.

Due to delays in procurement, the operation is extended through this operations update to 28 February 2006,

Disaster Relief Emergency Funds (DREF) allocated: CHF 200,000 has been reimbursed.

Outstanding needs: Nil

Related Emergency or Annual Appeals: Afghanistan Severe Winter Appeal 05EA003, Afghanistan Annual Appeal 2005 (05AA045 ), Afghanistan 2006-2007 appeal (MAAAF001), South Asia 2006-2007 appeal (MAA52001)

Operational Summary:

This appeal was launched at the end of March 2005 to provide assistance to flood-affected people after heavy winter snow and rain. Non-food relief items were provided as planned, but the procurement process for the replenishment of utilized stocks has taken longer then expected and was also negatively affected by the reduced availability of some items after the Pakistan earthquake.

The highlights of the reporting period are:

- the replenishment of stocks

- ongoing support for the development of the Afghan Red Crescent's logistics department and fleet

- the provision of further community-based first aid and disaster preparedness training in the disaster-prone provinces of Badakhshan, Kunduz and Balkh · a linked national disaster response team (NDRT) training, supported through the annual appeal, for headquarters and branch personnel · some new relief activities in response to fresh floods in the north in December 2005. The operation, originally targeted to end on 15 January, has to be extended to 28 February due to delays in procurement and some outstanding balance. The extended timeframe will be used for the receipt and distribution of the outstanding relief items, the procurement of some more tents, further refurbishment of the national society's fleet and national emergency operations centre, and the local purchase of some basic office equipment, all within the existing budget.

Background

In early 2005, Afghanistan experienced severe winter conditions, which was followed by heavy rainfalls in mid-March resulting in flash-flooding across Afghanistan, causing widespread damage to infrastructure and livelihoods in the central highlands, the southern and north -eastern parts of the country. The spring floods emergency appeal (05EA005) was launched on 31 March, focusing on the pre-positioning of non-food items for 2,000 families in each of the five regional centres - Kabul, Herat, Jalalabad, Kandahar and Mazar-i-Sharif - targeting a total number of 70,000 potential beneficiaries.

During the reporting period, fresh floods occurred in the provinces of Balkh and Sur-i-Pul. On 27 December 2005, melting snow caused a flood that swept through the villages of Imam Saheb Khord and Nawabad Imam Saheb Khord and affected 22 families. Two days later, on 29 December, floods occurred in the village of Lal Maidan, in Sar-i-Pul province, damaging 30 houses, while in Dehdadi and Kart-i-Sujadia districts of Balkh province 28 and 100 families respectively were affected. Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS), the World Food Programme (WFP) and local governmental disaster offices supported the affected families with food and non-food items. Then just a few days ago, ARCS provided assistance to 30 families affected by a mountain-slide in Gholdori village in a remote part of Sar-i-Pul, when 13 people were killed, 11 injured and 10 houses were either fully or partially destroyed. This assistance comprised 30 tents, tarpaulins and pressures cookers, plus some food items from ARCS's own stocks.

To ensure that the ARCS, at both national headquarters and branch levels , would be able to respond to emergency situations independently, the Federation conducted a successful national disaster response team (NDRT) training, funded through the annual appeal (05AA045), for 30 national society staff members and volunteers in December.

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

In Afghanistan: Fatima Gailani, Afghanistan Red Crescent Society President; mobile: +93 79 38 55 33.

In Afghanistan: Jamila Ibrohim, Head of Delegation, email; jamila.ibrohim@.ifrc.org, mobile phone: +93 70 278 372 or +92 300 850 6861.

In India: Robert McKerrow, Head of Regional Delegation, email: bob.mckerrow@ifrc.org, phone: +91 11 2411 1125, fax: +91 11 2411 1128.

In Geneva: Jagan Chapagain, Regional Officer, Asia and Pacific Department, email: jagan.chapagain@ifrc.org, phone: +41 22 7304316, fax: +41 22 733 0395 or Nelly Khrabraya; email: nelly.khrabraya@ifrc.org; Phone: +41.22.730.4306; Fax: +41.22.733.0395.

All International Federation assistance seeks to adhere to the Code of Conduct and is committed to the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response in delivering assistance to the most vulnerable. For support to or for further information concerning Federation programmes or operations in this or other countries, or for a full description of the national society profile, please access the Federation's website at http://www.ifrc.org.

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