Afghanistan Weekly Field Report (23 - 29 April 2018) [EN/PS]

Key issues in the past week:

  • Nearly 12,000 people have been newly displaced in Afghanistan, according to initial reports.
  • Fighting reportedly displaced around 2,100 people in Paktika and 1,400 in Badakhshan.
  • Flash floods in Takhar Province reportedly destroyed an estimated 50 houses.
  • Around 2,900 people who had been displaced due to the drought received humanitarian aid in Hirat.

11,800
New IDPs reported in the past week
27,700
People assisted in the past week
75,643
Total IDPs in 2018

 Countrywide conflict displacement

A total of 75,643 people have been displaced by conflict since the beginning of the year, according to OCHA’s Displacement Tracking System (DTS), up by nearly 3,000 people compared to the previous week. 

Displacement Alerts(see map)

Following 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: Around 2,100 people reportedly arrived in Urgun district and 400 in Sharan, Paktika, from three districts within the province, due to armed clashes and drought. More than 600 people reportedly arrived in Kabul from Baghlan, Kapisa, Kunduz, Logar and Nangarhar provinces. In Pul-e-Alam, Logar, approximately 1,000 displaced people arrived from Chaparhar district, Nangarhar. 

Northern & North-Eastern Region: An offensive of an armed group in Baharak district, Badakhshan, reportedly displaced 1,400 people to the district centre. In Sar-e-Pul province, an estimated 700 people fled their homes in Sayad district to the provincial capital Sar-e-Pul due to fighting. 

Eastern Region: More than 1,400 people were displaced from Chaparhar, Dehbala, Khogyani and Surkhrod districts, Nangarhar, and Dangam and Chawkay districts, Kunar, according to provincial authorities. The reasons for the displacements were threats and intimidation by NSAGs. 

Western Region: About 700 people arrived in Qala-e-Naw City, Badghis, from four districts within the province due to the drought, according to ANDMA. Equally due to the drought and depleted food stocks, approximately 3,500 people reportedly arrived in Hirat City, Hirat, from Ghor and Badghis provinces. 

Natural Disasters and Drought

Flash floods heavily affected four villages in Chahab district, Takhar, according to authorities. First reports indicate that around 50 houses were damaged or destroyed. OCHA is coordinating a joint needs assessment. 

In Kunduz province, more than 1,400 people from six villages in Khanabad district have been displaced due to the drought to Kunduz City and requested assistance from DoRR. 

Authorities in Hilmand Province estimate that nearly 50,000 people could be affected the loss of crops and livestock and forced to displace in the near future. 

The nearly 2,900 people who were displaced two weeks ago from Badghis to Hirat due to the drought received food rations, NFIs and emergency shelter from humanitarian partners. 

Returns to Afghanistan

From 22 to 28 April, a total of 21,337 Afghan citizens returned to their home country. 

According to IOM, 1,150 people returned spontaneously from Pakistan and 32 more were deported. From Iran, 10,290 people returned on their own and 10,211 were deported. The returns from Iran in April were markedly higher than compared to the same month a year ago, notably due to fewer work opportunities in Iran caused by the devaluation of the Iranian currency and increased pressure on migrants in Iran. 

According to UNHCR, 836 refugees were repatriated and assisted in the same reporting period, 807 of them returned from Pakistan and 29 from Iran. 

Security Incidents and Humanitarian Access

Humanitarian access to Tirkinkot, Uruzgan, is hampered due to insecurity and checkpoints manned by members of armed groups along the highway connecting the city with Kandahar. 

In Logar Province, members of armed groups reportedly destroyed several mobile communication stations causing a widespread network outage. 

Cluster Updates

Partners of the Health Cluster in the Eastern Region provided consultations for some 7,000 returnees from Pakistan or IDPs and vaccinated more than 1,000 children. 

The Sub-Cluster Gender Based Violence (GBV) led by UNFPA reached more than 5,700 people with GBV-services, including 13 survivors of sexual assault. 

Ongoing Response Activities(see page 2 for details)

During the past week, nearly 27,700 displaced people, returnees, refugees and members of vulnerable host families received some form of humanitarian assistance. 

Distributions and activities were reported to OCHA from Badghis, Balkh, Farah, Ghazni, Jawzjan, Kabul, Khost, Kunar, Kunduz, Laghman, Logar, Nangarhar and Sar-e-Pul provinces. Humanitarian organisations and authorities who delivered aid included CordAid, DACAAR, DRC-DDG, IMC, IOM, IRC, NRC, PIN, PU-AMI, RI, SCI, SI, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNMAS and WFP

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