Afghanistan Weekly Field Report (9 - 15 July 2018) [EN/PS]

Key issues in the past week:

  • The collapse of a natural dam in Panjsher flooded several villages destroyed more than 150 houses.

  • Some 3,400 people are reportedly displaced to Tirinkot City, due to fighting in Dehrawud district.

  • Members of an armed group force 37 health facilities to close in Zabul Province.

  • A total of 21,000 people in need received humanitarian assistance across the country.

7,700 New IDPs reported in the past week

21,000 People assisted in the past week

154,000 Total verified IDPs in 2018

Countrywide conflict displacement

A total of 154,453 people has been verified as having been displaced by conflict in 2018, according to OCHA’s Displacement Tracking System (DTS). Compared to the same period of the past year, conflict displacement is 31 per cent lower.

Conflict Displacement Alerts (see map)

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

Central Region: Nearly 700 people newly arrived in the capital Kabul from several provinces, according to authorities. Humanitarian assessments have begun.

Eastern Region: Approximately 1,600 people were recently displaced from several districts of Laghman Province to Mehtarlam City, according to authorities, due to intimation, threats by armed groups and insecurity.

Southern Region: Fighting in Dehrawud district and Tirinkot City, Uruzgan, displaced approximately 3,400 people to the centre of Tirinkot, according to first reports.

Military operations in Nad-e-Ali/Maja, Hilmand, have displaced an unknown number of families within the district, according to initial reports.

Western Region: More than 2,000 people displaced due to fighting within Abkamari district, Badghis, to villages deemed safer, according to local sources.

Natural disasters and drought

The collapse of a natural dam in Khenj (Hes-e-Awal) district, Panjsher, on 11 July, flooded several villages in Peshghor area and destroyed more than 150 houses. Some 2,000 residents fled to surrounding villages at the first warning signs, 6 people were reportedly killed. An ANSF helicopter brought food and blankets to the community. Humanitarian teams including ANDMA were able to access the villages on 15 July, after the blocked road to the area had been cleared.

The number of people displaced by drought living in informal sites in the outskirts of Hirat City could be as high as 50,000 people, according to a rapid assessment conducted by NRC. Water trucking to the sites has been extended by UNICEF and mobile health teams with integrated nutrition services are being increased by World Vision and UNFPA.

Returns to Afghanistan

From 8 July to 14 July, a total of 15,522 Afghan citizens returned to their home country. According to UNHCR, 650 Afghan refugees returned to Afghanistan (588 from Pakistan, 59 from Iran and 3 from other countries). According to IOM, 865 Afghan citizens returned from Pakistan on their own and 61 were deported and from Iran, 6,056 returned on their own and 7,890 were deported.

Cluster Updates

An inter-cluster mission (ES/NFI, FSAC, Health, Nutrition, Protection, WASH) joined by UNDP visited drought-affected areas in Hirat and Badghis. Participants met with families affected by the drought, authorities and humanitarian partners. In the informal sites in Hirat and Qala-e-Naw, there humanitarian needs persist across all sectors, with food, health and nutrition being the most prominent. Amongst the most vulnerable are women and children. In the villages, many farming families have depleted all their assets and consumed their seed for next year’s planting season. Sharing of resources, as an expression of solidarity, is something few families can afford.

Security Incidents and Humanitarian Access

In Zabul, members of an armed group reportedly forced 37 health facilities in areas under their control to close down until their demands are met. This move deprives nearly 240,000 people of access to health services.

Continued protests in Maymana, Faryab, and Shiberghan, Jawzjan, by supporters of the arrested police chief of Qaysar delayed assistance to more than 1,500 displaced people.

Ongoing Response Activities (see page 2 for details)

During the past week, more than 21,000 people displaced or affected by conflict or natural disaster, returnees or members of vulnerable host communities received humanitarian assistance or participated in sensitisation activities across the country.

Assistance included notably cash, food, hygiene kits, NFI, tents and WASH services. Activities were reported from Badghis, Balkh, Daykundi, Farah, Kabul, Khost, Kunar, Kunduz, Laghman, Nangarhar and Nuristan provinces by organisations including ACTED, APA, DACAAR, DRCDDG, IMC, IRC, NCRO, NRC, RI, SCI, UNHCR, UNHCR, UNICEF, WADAN and WFP.

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