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Afghanistan Flash Update 1 | Conflict Displacement in Kunduz | 25 August 2020

Key Highlights

  • -  Approximately 7,500 families (approx. 52,500 people) have been displaced in Kunduz city and villages across Khanabad and Imam Sahib districts due to ongoing fighting. 5,000 families are seeking refuge in Kunduz city; 2,500 families are dispersed in remote villages of Khanabad.
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-  Clashes between a Non-State Armed Group (NSAG) and Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) are now concentrated in Imam Shaib district, further displacement is likely.

-  17 joint assessment teams are currently deployed in Kunduz with an additional 6 to be deployed to Khanabad and Imam Sahib tomorrow.

Situation Overview:

Since 16 August 2020, ongoing conflict between the NSAG and the ANSF in several villages of Khanabad district (along the Kunduz-Khanabad highway) and in Imam Sahib District (in the vicinity of the highway connecting Kunduz to the Sherkhan border (towards Tajikistan) has displaced approximately 7,500 families or 52,500 people. The direction of fighting suggests that Dai Qala district will be affected as well. Many families have been affected by multiple conflict events, further straining depleted coping mechanisms.

Humanitarian Impact:

In Kunduz, some IDPs are being hosted in the homes of relatives or friends, while others are sheltering in school compounds or have put up temporary shelters in open spaces. The IDPs’ conditions are dire. The most urgent needs are shelter, food, and safe drinking water.

The displacement is happening in a context where COVID-19 continues to spread. There are 2,732 confirmed positive cases in the country’s Northeast, with a death rate of just over 3 per cent and a recovery rate of 46 per cent. Compliance with COVID-19 preventative measures is not possible for the majority of displaced families, exposing vulnerable people to heightened risks. Camp-like settlements further compound the risk of COVID-19 transmission and are not advised in this response.

The impact of COVID and the fighting on humanitarian operations is, at present, minimal. The humanitarian response will be concurrent with ongoing COVID-19 response activities, however, straining limited resources.

Coordination:

In the first 72 hours, ANDMA-Kunduz provided emergency food and drinking water to 550 families. DoPH and DRRD have made available mobile teams to provide emergency health services and drinking water in Kunduz city. Humanitarian organisations have deployed 17 joint assessment teams in Kunduz; ACTED has pledged to surge staff from Baghlan and Badakhshan to boost assessment capacity in Kunduz City. Six additional assessment teams will be deployed to Khanabad and Imam Sahib tomorrow (26 August). The Kunduz Provincial Governor has also sent a request to ANDMA in Kabul for cash assistance (5000 AFN per family) for the families displaced to Kunduz. Response to the request is pending. Humanitarian partners are also in touch with the MoRR in Kabul for further coordination of the response effort.

A regional cluster coordination meeting is scheduled for 26 August to review initial assessments and the overall humanitarian and security situation.

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Organization(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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Original Publication Date: 
25 Aug 2020
Document type: 
Situation Report
Coordination hub(s): 
National Level Coordination