Afghanistan

Afghanistan Weekly Situation Report 02 - 08 Jun 2005

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I. OVERVIEW

On 1 June, a vehicle of the mine detection and dog centre (MDC), a local NGO, was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED) in Girishk district of Hilmand, causing the death of three workers. As a result, the United Nations Mine Action Centre for Afghanistan (UNMACA) suspended its missions in the southern region.

On 2 June, a contracted WFP driver was shot and injured in the vicinity of Spin Boldak whilst transporting WFP food to Kandahar. The attackers, having burned down a preceding fuel tanker, killing its two drivers supplying the Coalition Forces, assaulted the driver moving WFP food. The driver sustained gunshot wounds to the leg and shoulder and is receiving treatment. Another driver was sent to the scene to transfer the food to Kandahar.

A local worker of the Joint Electoral Management Body (JEMB) was killed in the southern Uruzgan province on 3 June.

II. IMPLEMENTATION AND OPERATIONS UPDATE

During the reporting period, WFP assisted 228,000 beneficiaries.

The security situation remains volatile, particularly in the east, south and southeast of the country. However, WFP continues its relief and recovery work in areas that remained unaffected.

EMERGENCY

Flash floods washed away some 50 houses, displacing over 200 families in Darwaz district of the northern Badakhshan province. WFP has allocated 20 mt of food to assist the affected people and is coordinating with the Government and Coalition Forces to deliver it by helicopters as the area is now inaccessible by road..

The Government estimates a 20% - 25% loss in wheat yield in three districts of Hirat (Gulran, Khuskekhona, Khuseke Robat Sange) as a result of sunn pest infestation. The loss of wheat production is expected to affect poor land share croppers in these areas. The Government has launched some projects, through the National Solidarity Program (NSP), in support of the affected families. WFP is coordinating with NSP to identify gaps where food-for-work projects would be appropriate.