Afghanistan

Three Afghan children looking at the camera
Members of vulnerable communities, such as these children, benefit from USAID humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan.
Patricia Hampton/USAID

Latest Afghanistan Fact Sheet

Key Developments

A magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck Afghanistan on October 26, resulting in 117 deaths, more than 500 injuries, and more than 20,000 damaged or destroyed homes. According to the UN, the earthquake affected nearly 134,000 people in 15 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces. As of November 23, approximately 131,000 people had received some form of humanitarian assistance in a response led by partners of USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance. However, nearly 200 affected villages remain inaccessible due to physical and security-related access constraints.
 
Following an early October Afghan/U.S. military operation to regain control of Kunduz city, Kunduz Province, the Government of Afghanistan and the UN Resident Coordinator led a joint needs assessment and security stabilization process during the week of October 23. Reports from non-governmental organizations estimate that approximately 96 percent of the 13,000 previously displaced families from Kunduz have returned. 
 

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: December 21, 2015

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