Assessments and events:
Flash floods and avalanches triggered by torrential rains killed at least 50 people and destroyed or damaged more than 500 houses in the southern and south-western provinces of Helmand, Uruzgan, Badghis and Ghor. Around 3500 persons are reported to be affected.
The Joint Disaster Preparedness Committee (JDPC), which includes the Government, UN agencies, international relief organizations and coalition forces, has sent rapid assessment teams to the affected areas.
Local resources are enough to cover the needs and the health supplies are included in the joint Government/UN response plan. The JDPC has already sent medicine, together with tents, tarpaulins and blankets to Uruzgan.
The WHO Representative is acting for the Resident Humanitarian Coordinator and thus leading the overall humanitarian response.
In the South, the WHO sub office assessed the damages to health facilities and coordinates the health response, monitoring availability of staff and disease outbreaks.
WHO delivered 37 diarrhoeal diseases kits (part of the Inter Agency Health Emergency kits 2006) to the MoH. The supplies will be used in all areas affected by insecurity, drought or floods.