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Afghanistan: Weekly Humanitarian Update (6 January - 12 January 2019)

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Northeast: Over 8,000 people received humanitarian assistance

Fighting between the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and a Non-State Armed Group (NSAG) continued in Baghlan and Kunduz provinces.

According to initial reports, around 300 families (approximately 2,100 people) were displaced to Kunduz city due to clashes in Aqtash district in Kunduz province. Joint assessment teams have been identifying the humanitarian needs of displaced people. Main roads in Hurkat, Ghughuz and Yashar villages were closed to public transportation as a result of the ongoing conflict in Nosai district, Badakhshan province. The Government is planning to provide 500 families (approximately 3,500 people) with cash for food in Hurkat, Ghughuz and Yashar villages in Nosai district of Badakhshan province.

Last week, 8,820 people who were affected by conflict received humanitarian assistance in Badakhshan and Kunduz provinces. Moreover, 1,526 internally displaced persons (IDPs) who were affected by conflict were assessed and will receive assistance in the coming days in Badakhshan, Baghlan, and Kunduz provinces.

East: Ongoing fighting displaced thousands

Fighting and military operations continued in various districts in Nangarhar, Kunar, Nuristan and Laghman provinces and displaced some 700 to 1,000 families (up to approximately 7,000 people) in Muhmand Dara district in Nangarhar province. On 12 January, four assessments teams were deployed to identify the humanitarian needs of displaced people in Muhmand Dara, Shinwar, Achin, Rodat and Jalalabad districts in Nangarhar province.

On 5 January, a basic healthcare centre reopened and resumed routine immunisation for some 3,050 people in Kunar province. However, two health facilities in Laghman and Nuristan provinces remained closed, depriving an estimated 17,331 people of basic health services.

Last week, interagency assessment teams identified 2,856 IDPs across the eastern part of the country who will receive winter assistance in the coming days. Across the East, 5,453 IDPs received cash assistance for winterisation, agriculture, water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). 6,294 returnees, IDPs and people from host communities were reached with emergency outpatient health services. This week, 3,917 children were vaccinated for polio and measles. 567 (229 women and 338 children) IDPs from Achin district who have been displaced to Jalalabad city, Nangarhar province continued to receive life-saving humanitarian assistance.

North: Landslides continued to displace people in Samangan

Clashes between the ANSF and an NSAG continued in Balkh, Faryab and Jawzjan provinces. Furthermore, following a landslide on 1 January, another landslide on 8 January displaced 350 people from Burj Hassani village to Tagab Hassani village in Dara-e-Suf-e-Bala district, Samangan province. Due to access issues along the road to Dara-e-Suf-e-Bala district, the UN has been coordinating with humanitarian partners and local authorities to find alternative routes, either by road or air, to reach displaced people with humanitarian assistance.

Interagency assessment teams verified 735 people displaced by conflict in Balkh, Faryab, Jawzjan and Sar-e-Pul provinces. 4,025 IDPs and returnees received food assistance in Faryab province. Some, 188 IDPs who were affected by conflict also received emergency health assistance through mobile health services in Maymana city, Faryab province.

South: People affected by heavy snowfall and rain

Last week, heavy snowfall and rain were reported in Zabul, Uruzgan, Kandahar and Hilmand provinces resulting in main roads connecting Kandahar to Kabul and Kandahar to Uruzgan being temporarily closed to public movement.

Some 25 families (approximately 175 people) were affected by the heavy snowfall in Zabul province. Three members of a family were killed and two women and a child were injured when a room collapsed in Qalat district in Zabul province. In another incident, two people including a child were killed when a shop collapsed in Kandahar due to water damage caused by rain. Last week, 1,224 IDPs who were affected by conflict received humanitarian assistance in Kandahar, Zabul and Uruzgan provinces. Food and relief items were distributed by the Government to the 25 families who were affected by heavy snowfall in Zabul province. Assessments were ongoing to identify people who were displaced by conflict in Kandahar and Hilmand provinces.

West: Delivery of humanitarian aid interrupted due to road closure

Fighting between the ANSF and an NSAG continued in Farah, Ghor, Badghis and Hirat provinces. Roads connecting districts in Ghor province were blocked due to heavy snowfall. Also, the road connecting Hirat to Badghis province was closed and interrupted the delivery of humanitarian assistance in Badghis province during last week’s heavy snowfall. An outbreak of seasonal flu was reported in Hirat province resulting in at least four deaths and 92 severe cases reportedly admitted to Hirat Regional Hospital.

Ongoing winterisation assistance reached 68,037 IDPs in Hirat and Ghor provinces, while distributions in Badghis provinces are expected to start next week. 2,510 IDPs who were affected by conflict received cash and relief items, and 1,484 people have been identified as in need of humanitarian aid in Farah and Ghor provinces during the past week. Humanitarian partners continue to verify and prepare the response for 17,335 IDPs who were affected by conflict in hard-to-reach areas in Badghis province.

Centre: Over 15,000 people received winter assistance

Last week, 15,484 IDPs received winter assistance in Khost, Maidan Wardak, Bamyan, Daykundi and Ghazni provinces. An interagency needs assessment of IDPs who were displaced in November and December 2019 was ongoing in Kabul province.

For further information, please contact:
Ian Ridley, Head of Office, OCHA Afghanistan, ridleyi@un.org
Noroarisoa Rakotomalala, Deputy Head of Office, OCHA Afghanistan, rakotomalala@un.org
Linda Tom, Public Information Officer, OCHA Afghanistan, toml@un.org, Cell: +93 79300 11 10

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