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Afghanistan: WFP floods operational updates

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Kabul - The United Nations World Food Programme's (WFP's) food aid deliveries continue in Afghanistan's flood stricken provinces.

Northern Region:

According to Rapid Assessment Team in the area, floods have affected around 380 families in three villages of Shortepa district in northern Balkh province on 26 June. In Jangal Arigh, Joy Wakeel and Zuhra Aregh villages 95 houses completely devastated. WFP dispatched about 21 MT of mixed food containing wheat, oil and salt to affected families.

In Roedoeb district of Samangan province, 25 MT of mixed food distribution ongoing to 451 families, who were affected by nine days of heavy raining that resulted devastating floods, which destroyed houses and washed away vital agricultural lands.

East Central Region:

Almost 400 families are affected by floods in Kapisa and Parwan province. WFP dispatched 12 MT of food assistance to 180 families, who are living in dire condition under the tent with the lack of drinking water and have poor sanitation.

"I haven't seen such floods in the past 27 years," said Khair Mohamed, a 56 year-old farmer in Sayaad village of Mahmood Raqi district of Kapisa province. "Floods washed away everything. Every thing is gone, my land, my only source of income,"

North Eastern Region:

Due to floods in Badakhsan province, 11 districts are cut off from its capital Faizabad. Also about 23 WFP food trucks returning to Faizabad after food delivery are stranded on the Baharak district side. WFP is trying very hard to reach food aid to affected people in districts and prioritized deliveries to remote districts like Wakhan, Baharak and Ishkashem.

Mr. Abdul Majeed Khan, Governor of Badakshan said, "the Road closure and the collapsing of the bridges in some places have deteriorated the situation,"

WFP is responding to flood victims in Kunduz province with 10MT of food for 171 affected families in four villages of Aliabad and Khanabad districts.

WFP is also conducting joint assessment with the delegation of Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development in Baghlan province, where there have been reported flooding in many villages.

WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency: each year we give food aid to an average of 90 million people, including 56 million children, in more than 80 countries.

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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@wfp.org):

Ebadullah Ebadi, WFP Kabul, Tel +93 (0) 70 278 593, e-mail: Ebadullah.Ebadi@wfp.org

Jackie Dent, WFP Kabul, Tel +93 (0) 28 2547, e-mail: Jackie.dent@wfp.org