Afghanistan

Afghanistan Weekly Situation Report 16 - 22 Jun 2005

I. OVERVIEW

The security situation remains volatile in the southern and eastern regions, however it stays relatively calm in the other parts of the country.

Hailstorm and floods have caused severe damages to a large number of people in the northeastern province of Badakahshan.

II. IMPLEMENTATION AND OPERATIONS UPDATE

During the reporting period, WFP assisted 305,400 beneficiaries.

EMERGENCY

The security situation has deteriorated in the south and southeastern parts of the country, including attacks against coalition forces, government officials, aid workers and the electoral staff. There is a possible threat that the country will face more violence ahead of the landmark parliamentary elections in September 2005.

WFP is providing emergency food aid to the devastated communities in Afghanistan's northeastern province Badakhshan, where a hailstorm and heavy flooding on 16 June have so far killed an estimated 29 people, injured 40 and destroyed over 1,000 homes. WFP has distributed some 88 metric tons of food including wheat, oil, salt and pulses to nearly 9,000 people. Eight districts have been identified as severely affected by the floods. Widespread destruction is reported across 65 affected villages. Thousands of livestock died, nearly 28,000 trees were wrecked and over one thousand of land laid waste by Thursday's storm. With an estimated 92 km of roads also destroyed, a WFP bulldozer is working to clear and rebuild roads washed away by heavy mud.

WFP trucks are also collecting non-food items such as blankets, tarpaulins and tents from Fayz Abad airport and delivering them to flood- affected families. In Darwaz, one of the most remote districts in Afghanistan, WFP is taking part in a complicated operation with food distribution partner FOCUS an international NGO, to bring 20 tons of food to 400 families. The food will have to go via Iskashim in Tajikistan, as roads are blocked on the Afghan side of the border by prolonged snow.