Afghanistan Weekly Field Report (04 December – 09 December 2018)

Key issues in the past week:

On 30 November 2018, a 4.9 magnitude earthquake hit Pule-Khumri city in Baghlan province: 1,190 people were affected, nine people were injured, 32 houses destroyed, and 138 houses damaged.

Based on initial reports, 29,650 people were displaced in the past week.

A total of 316,470 people have been verified as displaced by conflict in 2018.

Countrywide conflict displacement

A total of 316,470 people have been verified as being displaced by conflict in 2018, according to OCHA’s Displacement Tracking System (DTS). Overall, the number of people displaced so far this year is 34.7 per cent less than the same period last year (485,310).

Conflict Displacement Alerts

Alerts of conflict displacement are shared based on initial information received from the ground. Numbers can change as more information becomes available.

Central Region:

In Kapisa province, 220 families (1,540 individuals) were reportedly displaced from different villages of Tagab district to Tamir and other secure districts of Kapisa province. According to DoRR, about 50 families (350 individuals) newly arrived from Malistan and Jaghuri districts to Bamyan Center. According to DoRR/ ARCS of Ghazni, about 400 families (2,800 individuals) are displaced to various villages in Gilan district.

Southern Region:

Zabul DoRR reported that about 130 families (900 people) were displaced from several districts due to armed conflicts and sought shelter in Qalat district. Kandahar DoRR and ANDMA reported that about 1,190 families (8,300 people) were displaced from several districts of Uruzgan, Hilmand and other contested districts of Kandahar. reported that 48 families (336 persons) were displaced from Argo to Faizabad.

Drought

Kandahar ANDMA reported that 50 IDP families (about 350 people) are displaced from different districts of Kandahar to the provincial capital due to drought. Humanitarian agencies continue to provide assistance to drought-affected people.

In October-November, WFP reached nearly 1.6 million drought-affected people with food assistance in all 20 affected provinces, providing more than 27,000 mt of food and transferring over US$1.45 million cash assistance to the affected people. Meanwhile, prepositioning of food and nutrition supplies continues in remote areas in nine provinces, to cover the needs of 499,000 people (3,400 metric tons prepositioned in the last week of November).

UNICEF reported that 83,000 IDPs in Herat and Badghis received access to safe drinking water, sanitation and hygiene awareness over the past week. In addition, 411 drought-affected families (2,877 people) in Badghis received NFIs, including warm clothes. Mobile health teams provided health services to 774 children and 144 mothers during the past week in Hirat and Badghis. In areas of origin, 21,224 severely affected people were provided with access to safe drinking water and sanitation.

Cluster updates

Health cluster partners reached 48,850 people in 11 districts in three provinces with various health services over the past week. The gender-based violence (GBV) sub-cluster led by UNFPA reached about 7,800 people in the past week in western, central, northern and eastern regions with GBV services and health education. Since 1 January 2018, health cluster partners have reached over two million people with primary health, trauma care, immunization, health education, and maternal and child health services.

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