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On May 2, 2021, devastating floods affected several provinces across the country. USAID partners provided emergency shelter and livelihoods assistance.
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Key Developments

The UN cites the ongoing macroeconomic crisis, limited access to basic services, and continued decline in the rights of women and girls as major challenges facing Afghans one year after the Taliban takeover of the country.

On September 23, the United States announced more than $326.7 million in new funding to continue delivering life-saving assistance in Afghanistan.

U.S. humanitarian partners have been providing emergency food, health, relief commodity, and shelter assistance to populations affected by heavy rains and flash floods in Afghanistan since June.

Background

Ongoing insecurity and frequent natural disasters continue to displace populations and generate humanitarian needs throughout Afghanistan. The UN estimates that more than 4.9 million people remain in protracted displacement in Afghanistan, while natural disasters, such as avalanches and floods, affect approximately 250,000 Afghans each year. In 2021, drought and the socioeconomic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are further exacerbating humanitarian needs.

The Taliban seized Afghanistan’s capital city of Kabul on August 15, 2021, following the successive capture of several provincial capitals and territory in early August. Following the collapse of the Government of Afghanistan, economic and political instability has resulted in the deterioration of basic
service provision across the country, increased prices of staple foods and fuel, reduced household purchasing power, and other developments that constrain the ability of Afghan households to meet basic needs.

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Last updated: October 28, 2022

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