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Statement on Assistance to Victims of the Badakhshan Landslide

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U.S. Embassy Statement | May 3, 2014

“Just as the United States has stood with the people of Afghanistan through a difficult decade, we stand ready to help our Afghan partners as they respond to this disaster. For even as our war there comes to an end this year, our commitment to Afghanistan and its people will endure.” President Barack Obama, May 2, 2014

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is supporting the Afghan people through its funding of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and international organizations which are providing relief supplies directly to the affected population. The United States is one of several donors that have funded, through NGOs and international organizations, a response system which has enabled Afghan and international emergency responders to more quickly reach the scene of the disaster and provide emergency services and supplies directly to those affected by this terrible tragedy.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) provides funds to the International Organization of Migration (IOM) to maintain warehouses of emergency response commodities throughout Afghanistan. IOM will begin distributing 300 household modules and 300 blanket modules from these warehouses today, May 3. IOM reports that existing stocks in the region are sufficient to meet the anticipated needs of those affected by the disaster.

USAID’s Office of Food for Peace provided $41 million in 2013 and $59 million so far in 2014 to the United Nations’ World Food Program, which has delivered 700 food kits to people affected by the landslide. A food kit contains a one month ration of wheat, lentils, oil and salt for one household.

The U.S. Government is prepared to provide additional assistance as needs are identified by and as requested by Afghan authorities.

Additional background on USAID assistance programs:

USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) has to date in fiscal year 2014 (October 1, 2013-September 30, 2014) committed more than $9.1 million to respond to flooding and landslides in Afghanistan.

This assistance included $1 million awarded to the United Nations’ Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs to improve coordination and information management in Afghanistan.

USAID/OFDA provided IOM with $5.9 million dollars in fiscal year 2013 and contributed another $21 million to other emergency and relief activities in Afghanistan. With this support, IOM recently constructed flood-protection walls in parts of Balkh, Sar-e-Pul, and Takhar provinces. Assessments indicate that these walls successfully protected those communities from recent floods.

USAID’s Office of Food for Peace supports the World Food Program’s Protracted Relief and Recovery Operation which is designed to coordinate with local authorities and provide emergency food assistance in response to quick onset natural disasters such as the recent flooding in Afghanistan as well as the Badakhshan landslide.