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Afghanistan Weekly Humanitarian Update | 4 May to 10 May 2020

Northeast: People affected by ongoing fighting and severe flooding

Fighting between Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and a Non-State Armed Group (NSAG) continued in Badakhshan and Takhar provinces. The houses of four families were destroyed as a result of ongoing fighting in Baharak district in Takhar province.

132 households (924 people) were affected by severe flooding in Baghlan, Badakhshan and Takhar provinces.  

1,960 people affected by conflict and natural disasters received humanitarian assistance in Baghlan, Kunduz and Takhar provinces. 1,407 people displaced by conflict were identified by interagency assessment teams to receive humanitarian assistance in Badakhshan province in the coming days.

Distribution of bread to vulnerable families started in Kunduz and Takhar provinces by the Government of Afghanistan.

East: Over 26,000 people received humanitarian assistance

Fighting between ANSF and an NSAG continued across the east mostly in Kunar, Nangarhar and Nuristan provinces.

On 4 May, severe flooding destroyed the houses and agricultural lands of 31 families in Kunar province.

Across the east, a total of 5,922 people affected by natural disasters and conflict received relief items, food, water, sanitation and hygiene and cash assistance. Also, 20,426 people received food under WFP’s seasonal support program in Kunar, Laghman and Nangarhar provinces.

In addition, 5,583 returnees, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and people from host communities were reached with emergency outpatient health services. A total of 389 children were vaccinated for polio and measles. Interagency assessment teams identified 5,796 people to receive humanitarian assistance in the coming days across the east. 

Movements of cargo and trucks continued through the Torkham border crossing which are expected to improve trade and market supply in the east.   

North: Over 6,000 people affected by conflict and natural disasters identified to receive humanitarian aid

Clashes between ANSF and an NSAG continued across the north.

Inter-agency assessment teams verified 5,320 people affected by flash floods in Faryab and Samangan provinces and 861 people displaced by conflict in Balkh, Faryab, Sar-e-Pul and Jawzjan provinces. The people identified to receive aid started receiving humanitarian assistance in both provinces. In addition, 2,478 people affected by conflict received food from a humanitarian partner in Balkh province.          

South: Security situation remains volatile

The security situation in the south remains volatile and fighting continued mainly in Hilmand, Uruzgan and Zabul provinces. Reportedly, ongoing fighting between ANSF and an NSAG displaced 3,500 people from different provinces across the south.

Interagency assessment teams identified 1,018 people affected by conflict to receive humanitarian assistance in Kandahar and Zabul provinces in the coming days. During the reporting period, the Government started distributing bread to vulnerable people affected by lockdown in Kandahar province.

Centre: Over 6,000 people displaced in Logar and Paktya

The security situation remains unstable across the centre and reportedly ongoing fighting displaced 6,293 people in Logar and Paktya provinces.

1,827 people affected by natural disasters received humanitarian assistance in Kapisa, Parwan and Paktika provinces.

West: 1,400 people displaced due to fighting in Badghis

Fighting between ANSF and an NSAG continued across the west. On 11 May, some 1,400 people were displaced from Bala Murghab district to Qala-e-Naw city in Badghis province due to conflict. The main road connecting Hirat to Ghor is inaccessible due to the destruction of a bridge as a result of ongoing clashes.

During the reporting period, 383 people affected by conflict and natural disasters were assessed and assisted by humanitarian partners in Badghis and Ghor provinces. Needs assessments of families affected by flash floods and conflict are ongoing across the west.

From 2 to 7 May, 2,765 undocumented returnees came back from Iran, of whom 641 people (23 per cent) received humanitarian aid at the point of entry and at a transit centre in Hirat city.

The Government began distributing bread to vulnerable people affected by lockdown in the west.

On 6 May, health officials confirmed a case of Wild Polio Virus (WPV) in an 11-year-old in the Kohizor area of Shindand district in Hirat province. There are 12 confirmed WPV cases in the county this year. Reportedly, the area had only around 5 to 10 per cent immunization coverage. Also, on 6 May two suspected cases of Crimean–Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) were admitted to Hirat regional hospital. CCHF cases are expected to rise from May until the end of the year.


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