Afghanistan

Afghanistan: Weekly Situation Report 16 - 23 Nov 2006

I. OVERVIEW

The security situation was relatively calm in most parts of the country during the week, except in the eastern region where military operations against insurgents and insurgent attacks against the Afghanistan National Security Forces (ANSF) were reported in the provinces of Nangarhar, Kunar and Nuristan.

While insecurity has been less of a problem, heavy rains, and snows in higher elevations, have seriously hampered food deliveries, particularly in the western regions and the central highlands. Destructive floods have hit the Mughab and Ghormach districts of Badghis province, where 4,000 families have reportedly been affected, as well as Uruzgan, Faryab and Jawzjan provinces. WFP is supporting the Government emergency response in all of these locations.

II. IMPLEMENTATION AND OPERATIONS UPDATE

During the reporting period, WFP distributed 1,570 metric tonnes of food to 99,600 beneficiaries through various activities, including the emergency response to drought and localised floods, combat affected IDPs, TB patients, School Feeding, FFW and FFT.

Emergency

The Emergency Response to drought continues. During the week 176 tonnes of food were distributed to 43,000 beneficiaries in the provinces of Badakhshan (north-eastern region), Uruzgan (southern region), Ghor and Badghis (western region) and Faryab (northern region).

In addition, 20 tonnes of food were distributed to 2,100 victims of floods in Faryab province, while 30 tonnes were dispatched for distributions to 500 families affected by floods in Badghis province.

In the southern region, 56 tonnes were distributed to 618 battle affected IDPs families in Kandahar city.

Food dispatch to Daikundi provinces was halted due to heavy snows covering the higher passes leading into the province. 1,100 tonnes of food are still to be delivered to the vulnerable people of that province.