Afghanistan

USAID airlifted relief supplies to help people affected by severe drought.
USAID airlifted relief supplies to help people affected by severe drought.
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Latest Afghanistan Fact Sheet

Key Developments

Following severe drought in 2018, people in Afghanistan continue to face acute food insecurity and the deterioration of livelihoods. The Famine Early Warning Systems Network projects that most vulnerable households in the country will require emergency food assistance through at least September 2019 due to impacts of the drought, as well as ongoing conflict and displacement.

Between January and early April, flash floods prompted by heavy rains affected more than 163,000 people. Humanitarian organizations, including USAID partners, are distributing relief supplies to families in six provinces affected by the floods.

The U.S. Government announced more than $61 million in humanitarian assistance to provide food, shelter, and water, sanitation, and hygiene support to Afghan families affected by conflict and natural disasters.

 

Background

Since 2002, conflict and frequent natural disasters have displaced populations and generated significant humanitarian needs throughout Afghanistan. Recurring natural disasters, including drought, floods, landslides, earthquakes, and avalanches, affect approximately 250,000 Afghans each year, and more than 631,000 people remain internally displaced as a result of conflict, the U.N. reports. Between January and June 2013, natural disasters—primarily flooding, avalanches, and extreme winter conditions—killed or injured 280 people, affected an estimated 140,000 others, and damaged or destroyed approximately 21,000 homes throughout the country. In addition, repeated and protracted displacement has placed pressure on host communities’ limited resources, resulting in instability and increased humanitarian needs.

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Last updated: August 07, 2019

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