OCHA Flash Update No.1 Afghanistan | Flooding in Sangin, Kajaki districts of Hilmand Province 6 November 2013

from UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Published on 06 Nov 2013

According to reports from partners in Hilmand Province, heavy rains caused flash flooding in the districts of Sangin and Kajaki in Hilmand Province on 5 November. OCHA called an emergency meeting on 6 November in Kandahar, which was attended by IOM, WHO, HAPA, WFP and UNICEF.

Initial reports from Kajaki are that 120 houses, four shops and one mosque have been damaged, while in Sangin damage is reported to 100 houses. The health clinic of Katozai village in Sangin is reported to have been destroyed. At this stage, there are no reports of any deaths or injuries. Communications such as telephone connection have been affected.

IOM will spearhead a joint rapid needs assessment for both districts tomorrow (7 November) with representatives of IOM, WFP, ANDMA, HAPA and BRAC in attendance. Preliminary results of the assessment are expected that evening.

Weather forecasts do not indicate further rains in the coming days, meaning conditions are not likely to deteriorate in the immediate term. This section of the Kajaki river is prone to occasional flooding. Calls for further international assistance are unlikely at this stage, though this may change if the assessment reveals more serious needs.

The next Flash Update will be issued as soon as more information is available at the conclusion of the assessment on 7 November.

For more information, please contact Rowan Amarakoon, OCHA Head of Sub-Office, Kandahar, amarakooni@un.org

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