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Afghanistan Weekly Humanitarian Update | 3 February to 9 February 2020

Northeast: Over 3,000 people received humanitarian assistance

Reports surfaced of an airstrike impacting a school and a clinic in the Baghi Shirkat area of Kunduz province during last week’s fighting between the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and a Non-State Armed Group (NSAG).

Since 3 February, an unknown respiratory illness killed 14 children in five villages in the Ushnugan area (Yamgan district, Badakhshan province).

Last week, 3,535 people affected by conflict received humanitarian assistance in Baghlan and Kunduz provinces. Moreover, 455 internally displaced persons (IDPs) affected by conflict were assessed and will receive assistance in the coming days in Baghlan province.       

East: Fighting displaced 6,400 people in Nangahar and Laghman

Approximately, 5,600 people were displaced during fighting between the ANSF and an NSAG in Sherzad district, Nangarhar province and 800 people were displaced in Alishang and Alingar districts in Laghman province. Interagency teams will be deployed in the field to assess the humanitarian needs of displaced people.

On 9 February, 15 health facilities reopened in five districts (Khogyani, Surkh Rod, Lalpur, Muhmand Dara, Achin) in Nangarhar province. The health facilities have been closed since 13 January depriving 217,806 people of basic health services. However, several other health facilities in the region remain closed impacting tens of thousands of people in need of healthcare. Negotiations are ongoing to reopen the facilities. From 1 to 27 January, 275 health care facilities have been affected by conflict resulting in 208 facilities closed and 33 facilities damaged or destroyed. During the same time period 34 health care facilities were reopened across the country.

Last week, interagency assessment teams identified 1,750 IDPs who will receive humanitarian assistance in the coming days across the eastern part of the country. 23,002 IDPs received humanitarian assistance in Kunar, Laghman, Nangarhar and Nuristan provinces. 

6,273 returnees, IDPs and people from host communities were reached with emergency outpatient health services. This week, a total of 5,448 children were vaccinated for polio and measles. 58 people (21 women and 37 children) from Achin district who have been displaced to Jalalabad city, Nangarhar province continued to receive life-saving humanitarian assistance.  

North: Ongoing fighting resulted in civilian displacement and deaths in Faryab province

Clashes between the ANSF and an NSAG were reported in Faryab province following an increased number of security incidents in Balkh, Faryab and Jawzjan provinces in the past weeks. Initial reports indicate that ongoing fighting displaced some 300 families (approximately 2,100 people) from Ghuzzari and Badghisi villages to Kata Qeshlaq, Qezal Qeshlaq, Pakhal Tughai and Kusa Qala villages in Khwaja Sabz Posh district and Maymana city in Faryab province.

Also, ongoing fighting between an NSAG and the ANSF in Qaram Qul district, Faryab province reportedly resulted in the death of three civilians.

Interagency assessment teams verified 560 people displaced by conflict in Faryab, Sar-e-Pul and Jawzjan provinces. 1,897 IDPs received humanitarian assistance in Samangan and Jawzjan provinces.

South: Over 6,000 people receiving humanitarian assistance

Fighting between the ANSF and an NSAG continued in Hilmand, Kandahar and Uruzgan provinces. According to initial reports, ongoing fighting and airstrikes impacted civilian residences that resulting in the deaths of five children and injuries of six children and two women.

Last week, 1,356 IDPs affected by conflict received assistance in Hilmand province while assistance coordination is underway for 4,576 people who were affected by natural disasters and conflict in Hilmand, Uruzgan and Zabul provinces.

West: Ongoing winterisation support for over 10,000 people in Badghis

Last week, a joint assessment team identified 35 people who were severely affected by rainfall who received food and relief items in Hirat and Injil cities in Hirat province. Winterisation support to IDPs affected by drought has been ongoing for 1,540 families (approximately 10,780 people) in Qala-e-Naw and Bala Murghab districts in Badghis province by humanitarian partners.         

Centre: 7,364 people received winter assistance

Last week, 7,364 people received assistance for winter in Bamyan, Daykundi, Ghazni and Paktya provinces. A need assessments of 490 IDPs were ongoing in Logar province. 

On 2 February, one child was reportedly killed and two civilians were wounded due to an explosion caused by unexploded ordnance (UXO) in Urgun district of Paktika province. Last week, 35 houses were destroyed by heavy snowfall in different districts of Paktya province. Roads connecting Nili district to Sang-e-Takht district and to six other districts in Daykundi province were closed for some days due to heavy snowfall which hampered the regular delivery of winter assistance in Daykundi province.      


Operation(s)/ Webspace(s): 
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
12 Feb 2020
Document type: 
Situation Report
Public Information Unit
Public Information and Advocacy
Coordination hub(s): 
National Level Coordination