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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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Latest Afghanistan
Fact Sheet

Key Developments

The UN issued a flash appeal requesting $606 million to meet the immediate humanitarian needs of 11 million people in Afghanistan through December. A UN appraisal indicates that economic instability could result in widespread poverty in Afghanistan by mid-2022. UNHCR records the arrival of more than 22,000 Afghans in neighboring countries during 2021, with no major refugee flows in recent weeks.

On September 13, 2021, the United States provided $64 million to humanitarian partners to deliver multi-sector assistance across the country.

Humanitarian agencies are responding to the needs of internally displaced persons while adjusting to a fluid security and operating environment. U.S. Government humanitarian partners continue to deliver food, health, protection, and other forms of assistance.

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: September 20, 2021

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