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Afghanistan Weekly Field Report (16 - 22 April 2018) [EN/PS]

Situation Report
Originally published


Key issues

• In the past week, more than 23,000 people have been newly displaced, according to initial reports.

• The prolonged dry spell is having an increasingly direct impact on affected communities.

• Fighting and attacks on checkpoints along major roads hamper humanitarian movements.

Countrywide conflict displacement
A total of 72,851 people have been displaced by conflict since the beginning of the year, according to OCHA’s Displacement Tracking System (DTS). This figure is up by nearly 4,000 people compared to the previous week.

Displacement Alerts (see map)
Displacement alerts are shared based on initial information from authorities or partners on the ground. Numbers can change as more information becomes available.
Central, Capital & South-Eastern Region: In Kapisa, an estimated 7,000 people were displaced locally due to military operations in Nejrab district and to Mahmud-e-Raqi, the provincial capital. On 16 April, cross border shelling in Jajimaydan district, Khost, reportedly led to displacements of more than 1,000 people from several villages at the border to the district centre and five schools were closed. In Ghazni, some 560 recently displaced people returned to their homes in Khwajaumari district, according to authorities.

Northern & North-Eastern Region: Some 6,000 people were reportedly displaced from Darzab and Qushtepa districts, Jawzjan, and various districts in Sar-e-Pul and Faryab provinces, according to authorities. Most of them sought refuge in the outskirts of Shiberghan City, Jawzjan.
Some 1,200 people of them reportedly displaced to two villages in hard to reach areas of Shiberghan district. They were referred to ARCS for humanitarian assessments.

Eastern Region: Authorities in Laghman reported the arrival of more than 1,200 IDPs from Alingar, Alishang and Mehtarlam districts to Mehtarlam City. They were reportedly displaced due to threats and and intimidation by members of NSAGs. Joint needs assessments are underway.

Southern Region: Some 5,000 people have been displaced by ongoing military operations and clashes between NSAGs and ANSF in Uruzgan, Hilmand,
Kandahar and Farah provinces, according to initial information from authorities in Kandahar City.

Prolonged dry spell
The prolonged dry spell across Afghanistan is having increasingly a direct impact on affected communities. The Governor of Bamyan warned publicly that up to 50,000 families could be affected in the province alone and he called for national support to pre-position emergency food stocks. In Hirat, nearly 2,900 people arrived from Badghis in the past week, displaced due to dried up fields and having depleted food stocks. It is the second displacement reported due to a lack of water for agriculture in the Western Region.

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