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Afghanistan: Weekly Humanitarian Update (13 – 19 September 2021)

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South: Limited health services

In the reporting period, the security situation in the south remained calm but uncertain. The presence of Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) is affecting access of people to areas in Uruzgan, Hilmand, and some parts of Kandahar provinces.

People are not only reporting concerns about their security, but also about their economic situation, health, education, and livelihoods. Most banks are open but with limited cash to meet the demands, including for government and private employee salaries. With increased unemployment and poverty, criminal activities have also reportedly increased across the South, mainly in Uruzgan, Hilmand and Kandahar provinces.

Most public health facilities and hospitals are reportedly running low on medicines and other basic supplies due to a shortage of funding.

The Spin Boldak border crossing remained open to holders of Pakistani identification card, Afghans with Pakistani visas, and commercial truck movements. Thousands of people are reportedly trying to enter Pakistan.

According to IOM, between 2,000 to 2,500 Afghans are being deported and nearly 300 people returned daily from Iran through the Milak border in Zaranj city of Nimroz province.

On 16 September, with the support of WHO, a new PCR machine was installed in Nimroz Provincial Hospital with the capacity of 70 – 90 tests per day.

North-east: Children affected by measles outbreak

The security situation in the North-east remained relatively calm in Badakhshan, Baghlan and Takhar provinces. A number of security incidents affecting civilians were reported in Kunduz Province. The closure of banks continued to result in the suspension of cash-based humanitarian programming, with a particular impact on health facilities that are short of medical supplies and staff. In Yawan and Raghestan districts in Badakhshan province, 29 children were reportedly affected by a measles outbreak. Vaccinations against measles are now being conducted in these districts.

People who were displaced to Kabul due to violence in the past months continued to return to their places of origin in the north-east. Returnees report that the key priority needs are shelter and food. In Kunduz Province, among 5,292 Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) assessed by interagency assessment teams, some 2,254 IDPs will receive humanitarian assistance in the coming days. During the reporting period, 2,744 people received humanitarian assistance. In addition, a total of 52,458 vulnerable people who have returned to their areas of origin received food assistance.

North: 16,730 people receive food assistance

The security situation remained relatively calm in all provinces in the North. On 17 September, a road mission was successfully conducted from Kabul to Mazar-e-Sharif, Balkh province.

During the reporting period, 1,519 conflict displaced people were verified by assessment teams to be in need of humanitarian assistance in Balkh, Jawzjan and Sar-e-Pul provinces. A total of 16,730 people displaced by conflict received food for one month under a WFP seasonal livelihood support programme in Jawzjan and Sar-e-Pul provinces.

East: Civilians killed by IEDs

The security situation in the East remains volatile and unpredictable. On 18 September, five people were reportedly killed and 21 people were wounded by multiple IED detonations across the city of Jalalabad in Nangarhar Province.

Health services remain limited in hospitals due to funding shortage. A number of medical units in the Nangarhar Regional Hospital and districts’ hospitals are reportedly closed.

This week, out of 78,400 people assessed, 78,134 vulnerable people among host communities were recommended to receive food as part of WFP’s unconditional seasonal support in Nangarhar, Kunar, Laghman and Nuristan provinces. An additional 19,103 people were reached with immediate humanitarian assistance, including 280 people who were affected by floods, 133 returnees at Torkham transit center, and 18,690 people in host communities in Nangarhar and Kunar provinces.

West: Medical supplies provided in Hirat

The security situation remained relatively calm in the West, with reports of rising criminality. UNFPA reportedly provided support to a hospital in Hirat province with emergency reproductive health supplies. This will cover the treatment of around 1,500 medical and surgical cases.

Centre: 1,260 displaced people to receive humanitarian assistance

On 18 September, two civilians were reportedly injured by an IED attached to a private vehicle in Police District 13, Kabul. On 14 September, two civilians were reportedly killed and 12 others were wounded when an old mortar shell exploded in Ajristan district in Daykundi province.

A total of 1,260 people displaced by conflict were identified by interagency assessment teams to receive humanitarian assistance in Kabul province in the coming days. Assessments are ongoing for 12,089 IDPs who arrived from Panjsher province to Kabul city. In addition, 1,750 vulnerable people received food assistance in Jani Khel district in Paktya province. Assessments have begun to verify people in need of food assistance for the WFP seasonal support program in Logar, Maidan Wardak, Paktya, Khost, Ghazni, Bamyan, and Daykundi provinces.

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