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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

More than half of Afghanistan's population will require humanitarian assistance in 2022, according to the UN's 2022 Afghanistan Humanitarian Needs Overview, indicating a more than 30 percent increase compared to the previous year.

The 2022 Afghanistan Humanitarian Response Plan requests $4.4 billion in humanitarian assistance for Afghans, representing the UN's largest ever single-country funding appeal.

On January 11, USAID announced more than $308 million in additional humanitarian funding for the Afghanistan response.


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: January 12, 2022

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