Afghanistan Weekly Situation Report 22 - 28 Sep 2005

Situation Report
Originally published

On 28 September, a suicide bombing occurred in the Army training facility in Kabul, killing several Afghan national army soldiers (cadets) and injuring another 26. Movement of UN staff was restricted as 'White city' was declared after the incident by the UN Department of Safety and Security (UN DSS). Green city with movement restrictions will be enforced as of 30.09.2005. In a separate incident, on 27 September, UNOPS road mission vehicle was hit by a road side explosive device in Bati Kot district of Nangarhar province, seriously injuring one international staff member. BRAC, a Bangladesh NGO, lost one of its staff member and another was injured in an attack in Parwan.

Following a report on severe food insecurity claiming 15 lives in Sanglich village of Zabak district in the northeastern Badakhshan province, WFP immediately dispatched 50 mt of mixed food to affected families. Last winter's unprecedented and prolonged snowfall resulted in loss of livestock and limited land cultivation. The overflowing of the Sanglich River and floods destroyed some cultivated land and local bridges, making 8 villages in this area inaccessible for 2 months. WFP continues to monitor the situation in coordination with the Department of Emergency Preparedness.

In Nangarhar province, 580 families are affected by recent floods in Nazyan district. WFP is assisting these communities through ongoing food-for-work projects in the area.

To date, 63% of the planned food assistance is now pre-positioned in almost 60 districts identified as inaccessible during winter, with 89% reached in the northeastern region. Food will be distributed to beneficiaries prior to the onset of winter, and during winter in areas where feasible.

During the week, WFP provided around 1,300 mt of food assistance to 382,545 beneficiaries through its cooperating partners.