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CHF Afghanistan - Second Reserve Allocation - Earthquake Response (November 2015)

The CHF Reserve Allocation mechanism is intended for rapid and flexible allocation of funds in the event of unforeseen circumstances, emergencies, or contextually relevant, systemic needs. It is at the HC’s discretion to activate the CHF Reserve, to set the application criteria and to accept project proposals.
On 26 October a powerful earthquake occurred centered in Afghanistan’s Badakhshan province. As of October 30th at least 12 provinces in the North Eastern region had verified damage reports. In spite of the high magnitude of the earthquake the impact predominantly affected provinces with sparsely populated rural areas, somewhat limiting the extent of destruction and to date resulting in an emergency response within the capacity of the Government and humanitarian community.
Assessment of affected districts is on-going and immediate health care, food, NFI and temporary shelter solutions are being provided to communities as their needs are assessed.
While immediate needs are being met through prepositioned emergency stocks of the Government and humanitarian actors, there is a recognized gap in terms of providing adequate shelter solutions throughout the upcoming winter for families whose homes have been destroyed. Many of the districts affected are at high altitude where temperatures fall as low as minus 20 degrees Celsius between November and March. The climate, remote location and limited road networks across this challenging terrain also means many of the villages affected will be completely cut off from assistance channels within the next four weeks.
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Original Publication Date: 
02 Nov 2015
Document type: 
Humanitarian Financing
Coordination hub(s): 
National Level Coordination