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Afghanistan: Nuristan Avalanche - Flash Update 1 (6 Feb 2017)


  • An avalanche in the early hours of 5 February 2017 is believed to have killed 50 people and injured 13 in Barg-e-Matal in Nuristan Province, with at least 70 houses initially reported as destroyed.
  • Another avalanche in Dawz Bala in Badakhshan province is reported to have killed 10 people and injured 12.
  • Further casualties related to extreme weather conditions have also been reported elsewhere in the country, and OCHA is working with partners to assess the information.
  • The snowfall has resulted in road blockages and the affected areas are remote and very hard to access.
  • In Nuristan, the government has already deployed helicopters and snow clearance teams to the avalanche site, with search and rescue teams set to be deployed soon alongside deliveries of emergency lifesaving supplies. Health INGO IMC have deployed medical teams. ANDMA plans to advise by the early afternoon of 6 February of gaps and assistance requested.
  • OCHA is closely coordinating with OCTs, IOM, PDMC leads and ANDMA to triangulate information, strengthen assessment and response.   
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
06 Feb 2017
Document type: 
Situation Report
Natural Disasters